King Ham Nghi's paintings auctioned in France

Ham Nghi was the 8th King of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802 - 1945), but reigned for only one year (1884 - 1885).

After the failure of a movement against the French colonial rule, he was captured and exiled to Algeria, then a colony of France, on December 12, 1888.

Painting 'Canh dong lua my' sold for 32,000 EUR

While exiled in Algiers, he learned painting and sculpture techniques and dedicated his entire life to intense artistic activities as a painter and a sculptor.

According to the French auction house Lynda Trouvé, this is the first time that such a large number of paintings by the late king is offered for sale. They belonged to Henri Aubé, a French military officer who was stationed in Hanoi between 1907 and 1909, and were discovered in the attic at his home.

An overview of the auction

During a visit to Vietnam, grandchild of King Ham Nghi, Dr. Amandine Dabat, revealed that there are about 100 of his paintings that are still preserved.

Source: VNA