This traditionally themed print celebrates the beauty of Vietnam in a less commercial way. It has the Hue Citadel as a subject but shows instead of the famous main entrance \ this lesser-known side entrance. This sums up Vietnam in a very good way as the real beauty and magic can be found in the smaller things off the beaten track of many tourist attractions. The symbol in the sky is recognisable as the symbol of longevity and can be seen in many temple windows. The two sellers also play a part in this composition because if you look closely one lady is selling food from the shoulder basket and the other lady with her bicycle is selling the wicker baskets used by the other lady to sell food. This celebrates the way the local community works together in harmony to provide opportunities for themselves and others to prosper and make a living.
Limited edition of 7
Handprinted woodcut on handmade paper.
Signed by the artist.
Dimensions: 51,5x30,5 cm
Framed: 64x52 cm
Hue Citadel by Jack Clayton
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