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Victor Tardieu (Orliénas, 1870- Hanoi, 1937) was a French painter. After military service during World War I,[1] he travelled in the Far East and relocated to Vietnam.[2][3] He founded the École des Beaux-Arts de l’Indochine in Hanoi in 1925.[4][5]

He married the Italian harpist Caroline Luigini daughter of conductor Alexandre Luigini. Their son Jean Tardieu is a noted poet in France.


His works are exhibited in the musée des Beaux-Arts Lyon, musée des Beaux-Arts Rennes, and the Musée de l'Armée in Paris. His works have also been shown at the Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi. A collection of ten oil paintings made by Tardieu while working as a medical orderly at a field hospital near Dunkirk in the summer of 1915 are preserved in the Florence Nightingale Museum in London.


"The Camp in the Oatfield". Abbott and Holder Ltd.
Witness Collection - Victor Tardieu
Nora A. Taylor - Painters in Hanoi: an ethnography of Vietnamese art - Page 29 2009 Victor Tardieu, however, saw things somewhat differently. The accounts 29 of those who knew him show him to have been genuinely interested in local art-making techniques. Far from patronizing artists and artisans, Tardieu appreciated .."
Educating in the Arts: The Asian Experience: Twenty-Four Essays - Page 38 Lindy Joubert - 2008 "The Hanoi École (the School of Fine Arts) was founded and directed by Frenchman Victor Tardieu (1870–1937) ...

Vietnam - Page 110 2002 "In 1925, under the initiative of the French painter Victor Tardieu, the Ecole des Beaux- Arts de Indochine (EBAI) was founded in Hanoi. Through its 18 courses of study offered over just 20 years, 128 painters and sculptors were taught in the ."


Paliard Pierre, Un art vietnamien: penser d'autres modernités Le projet de Victor Tardieu pour l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts de l'Indochine à Hanoï en 1924, Paris, L'Hamattan, 2014

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