Chicago Art Magazine – Park West Gallery Visits Paris: A Lifetime of Lebadang
On the eve of his ninetieth birthday, Vietnamese artist, Lebadang, is as creative as he was 50 years ago. Albert Scaglione of Park West Gallery journeys to Paris to visit the artist, discovering a treasure trove of his work across the decades.
MONTPARNASSE – Exactly fifty years ago, Vietnamese artist, Lebadang began painting in his studio in Montparnasse. An area in Paris with an artistic legacy that stretches back more than a century, it’s easy to imagine Cezanne or Picasso sipping coffee along the bustling Avenue du Maine. The streets are buzzing, alive with the sounds of the city, setting the stage for the world’s most creative minds.
Although he is approaching ninety years old, Lebadang (Lê Bá Đảng) is nothing but energy. His studio is filled with works of art and drawers with paintings that have not been seen since the seventies. Founder and CEO of Park West Gallery, Albert Scaglione, has known the artist for more than thirty years and begins sifting through the paintings, one by one – a treasure trove for him. “It’s very exciting to have this connection and bring it to our clients,” says Mr. Scaglione. Even at his age, Lebadang knows he cannot stop creating. His wife, Myshu, tells Mr. Scaglione, “Life is a sinking ship and work is a lifeboat.” This fits her husband perfectly…
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In the following clip, Park West Gallery CEO Albert Scaglione visits with Lebadang at his studio in Paris.
Fine art by Lebadang is available through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com