The Dove

Lebadang (Vietnamese, 1921 – 2015)
Image : 11 1/8 x 15 7/8 in. (28.26 x 40.32 cm)
Sheet : 14 5/8 x 21 3/4 in. (37.15 x 55.25 cm)
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Gift of Roger and Nancy L. Clouse in memory of Roger W. Clouse
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Born in French Colonial Vietnam in 1921, Lebadang emigrated to France in 1939. He was forced to work in a Vichy French munitions factory during the early years of World War Two, but eventually escaped to the Free French city of Toulouse where he enrolled in that city’s School of Fine Arts. Lebadang graduated from art school in 1948 and immediately began his career as a professional artist, combining aspects of traditional Vietnamese and modern European art. He was best known as a painter and printmaker, but also created sculptures, theater set designs, and jewelry. This 1976 print depicting doves alighting on a tree in an austere landscape reflects Lebadang’s hopes for a return to peace and prosperity in Vietnam following the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.

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