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Son, Nam (1890–1973) By Nguyen-Long, Kerry

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM2069-1
Published: 15/10/2018
Retrieved: 29 January 2023, from


Nam Son was co-founder of the L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts de l’Indochine (EBAI), which opened its doors in Hanoi in 1925. As a talented artist his work drew on Vietnamese, Chinese, and French influences. Born into a scholarly family his traditional education was followed by secondary education at a French colonial school, which secured his employment in the colonial administrative system; he simultaneously worked as an illustrator for several local magazines. He long aspired to establish a fine arts school in Hanoi and an encounter with Frenchman Victor Tardieu (1870–1937), in Hanoi in 1923, afforded Nam Son the opportunity to share this aspiration; in fact, Nam Son had already drawn up tentative plans for such a venture.

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Nguyen-Long, Kerry. "Son, Nam (1890–1973)." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. : Taylor and Francis, 2016. Date Accessed 29 Jan. 2023 doi:10.4324/9781135000356-REM2069-1

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