"Painting Of Thaï Tuan, Saigon District, 1959."Oil on panel, signed and dated lower left. Signed, dated and titled on the back. Size of 58.5 cm x 42 cm. Pictorial layer healthy. I report very slight misses, without severity and two small and not serious scratches. This painting represents an old district of Saigon where the refugees from North Vietnam had lodged in 1954, after the Geneva Accords. Thai Tuan and his friends from the "Group of Four" had settled there when they arrived, had worked there. This is where he painted most of the first paintings. Provenance: collection of henry T. Zaphiratos, famous French writer and director, director in Saigon until 1959 of the company "Thanos-Films". He met the artist at the 1959 exhibition and bought him all the paintings available. A painting of Thai Tuan, of the same size and the same period (1954) was sold at Sotheby's in Hong Kong on October 1, 2018 for the sum of HK $ 100,000. A great Vietnamese painter, Thaï Tuân has created a vibrant work, all in nuances. Like his master Modigliani, he is inspired by long faces and characters in the style of El Greco. Thai Tuan was educated at the Hanoi School of Fine Arts in the 1940s, then exhibited, notably in 1959, in Saigon with the Alliance Française in the salons of the famous Hotel Continental.