Victor Tardieu

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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.


  1. ^ "The Camp in the Oatfield". Abbott and Holder Ltd. Archived from the original on 2013-12-30. Retrieved 2013-12-12.
  2. ^ Witness Collection - Victor Tardieu
  3. ^ 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 .."
  4. ^ 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) ...
  5. ^ 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 ."


  1. ^ 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