Why Sơn Mài Painting Is So Expensive | So Expensive

30 Jan 2021
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Sơn mài is a traditional Vietnamese form of lacquer painting. Created using a toxic lacquer harvested from one region of the country, it requires months of application and sanding back layers of paint to build up the image. Last year, a sơn mài painting sold at auction for $972,000. So what makes these paintings so special? And why are they so expensive?
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Why Sơn Mài Painting Is So Expensive | So Expensive

  • Vietnamese “artists” are 30% artists and 70% salesman. They EXAGGERATE the amount of pain and labor to drive price up! I live in South Vietnam and our people produced these paintings for much less!! I bought a 3 pieces wall paintings for $60 US. They are MUCH PRETTIER than this guy paintings!!!

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  • At least these pieces of art takes a long time to make and is truly a worthy buy. Unlike "modern art" that looks like a school project gone wrong from an 8 year old.

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  • I am vietnamese & i didnt even know what son mai is until i saw this video.. great to know son mai is vietnamese art 💕

    Carly PhanCarly Phan18 jam yang lalu
  • I really purchased 2 lacquer paintings when I went to Vietnam. Really beautiful work of art.

    Rose CautionistaRose CautionistaHari Yang lalu
  • Brilliant

    Tony BuiTony BuiHari Yang lalu
  • I am from Vietnam. I love the tradition of Sơn Mài and once I decided to learned this unique technique. But this is why I quickly quit it: The look and feel of the final paintings or products are obsessively beautiful but the fact is that they made of toxic. Imagine I had to sand and wash every layer we made all the toxic wastewater directly goes to the rivers without any filter. You may wonder how toxic it is. If you get some color on your skin, you need to keep washing it during at least a week for its fading time until the complete disappearance. If you unfortunately get it on your eyes, you may lose vision. If ever you want to buy a Sơn Mài products, you should come to find out how they handle the wastewater. I hope for a good solution in the future and I know we care.

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  • I also want to learn this painting

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  • There is something very peaceful about this artist ... radiates the love and passion for his work ❤️

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  • Sh*t if I was able to do that stuff I'd rather get paid to learn how to do it and quit my job and spend time with laquer painting such beautiful technique

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  • The deadpan park sadly puncture because clave uniquely answer aside a small polyester. reminiscent, far hill

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  • The side of viet culture even most viet people don't know about :(

    Vincent HighwindVincent Highwind2 hari yang lalu
  • Really beautiful.

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  • I'm buying one in the future 🥰

    MelonoireMelonoire3 hari yang lalu
    • not every sơn mài is that expensive in Vietnam, it depends a lot on the skills of the artists and the material used so check them out carefully!

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  • I feel sorry for the trees

    roomforloveroomforlove3 hari yang lalu
  • I love how I'm both Viet and know how to speak Vietnamese, yet I still read the subtitles like a freaking noob.

    Sophia NguyenSophia Nguyen3 hari yang lalu
  • I dont understand why they dont apply the paint like oil. Dont they lose ressources by sanding it?

    Yana E. YanakievaYana E. Yanakieva4 hari yang lalu
    • If so, it is called oil painting and it never makes it to a Business Insider series. That's what make it unique.

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  • Người Việt điểm danh

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  • The nonchalant hell lilly mix because window happily treat unlike a young bandana. axiomatic, best doctor

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  • This is a "Tenet" painting!

    Argo SinArgo Sin5 hari yang lalu
  • this is like the painting version of film photography, unpredictable but in many ways, but holds so much more sentimentality ^^ it’s amazing! he looks passionate and happy talking about his craft, and that made the works he do much more valuable and unique ☺️

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  • Where's a Chinese comment saying it's theirs?

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  • This is one of 'the things I'd waste my money on if I were rich'

    Apollonia CrysalisApollonia Crysalis5 hari yang lalu
  • Me with printed paintings: *this is fine*

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  • Hardwork and talent👌

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  • I’m not sure if it’s the final result or not, but at 5:48 you can see the depth of red and black colors while the surface of the painting is still smooth under the sunlight after he washed it. Just fascinating! For anyone who wonders why toxic paints were used on wood, it’s not only because of the beauty of colors that they can bring up, but it is also similar to aging wood for construction; it helps protect the art work from being damaged by insects and humidity in Vietnam.

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  • Meh...

    Leandro MarcelinoLeandro Marcelino6 hari yang lalu
  • are they only obtainable in vietnam or is there some middle man selling those on the web?cant find anything there

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  • Jesus love you, he died on the cross for you, accept him as your lord and savior he can change everything. For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life" (Jn 3:16" But you must repent too. From that time Jesus went about preaching and saying, Let your hearts be turned from sin, for the kingdom of heaven is near. (Matthew 4:17)"

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  • amazing!!

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  • I'm the only person who read it as " Why my son's painting is expensive. " Well Jokes apart ,But I really believe that this art is a master piece .

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    • Me😂😂

      Sana AbbasiSana Abbasi6 hari yang lalu
  • He absolutely should make a youtube channel, i quite sure it will stand out and more people will have the opportunity to learn more about this unique art form. Especially me, cause i think i am really into it right now. Unfortunately, there aren't many videos about it

    javeedwardjaveedward8 hari yang lalu
  • Why I appreciate the work and the dedication and the time that goes into this; to be perfectly honest I simply do not care about the visual result achieved by this technique. While we must respect the skill and the tradition, let us not pretend this technique is innately better art. I am happy to learn about its existence, but I would go back to oil and acrylic works any day. Let us once and for all stop fetishizing martyrship in art.

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  • I just want to see the red paunting completed omfg this video kinda makes me frustrated hahaha

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  • I’m so glad Vietnamese culture is getting a lot more recognition lately

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  • amazing

    Royke SeneweRoyke Senewe9 hari yang lalu
  • American museums and collectors should buy the best works. Vietnam has a rich culture but has little international exposure due to decades of war. I also have a feeling many of these paintings will increase in value over time due to its beauty and inherently expensive materials.

    GunsN ́BosesGunsN ́Boses9 hari yang lalu
  • I'm really happy to know that people are finally recognizing Vietnam for our culture rather than what happened in the war. I'm not saying that it was always like that, but all the westerners I've met always mention the war when I say I'm Vietnamese. It's weird because I was born two generations after the war ended and it makes me upset.

    Pham MelodyPham Melody9 hari yang lalu
  • hello Vietnam

    Song Patrick BuiSong Patrick Bui9 hari yang lalu
  • My avatar is one of the best sơn mài paiting ever. It's name "Hoàng Hậu" (The Queen) by artist Bùi Hữu Hùng

    Blue TofanaBlue Tofana9 hari yang lalu
  • Wow I learned something new 👏 smh

    ALpha perfectALpha perfect9 hari yang lalu
  • I felt like there was no explanation of how lacquer paintings work and I was very confused

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  • Why do your titles have words that repeat/words that repeat? I saw another video uploaded by the same person/the same person. Just wanted to say I thought it was strange/it was strange....🤣

    Hurtful TruthHurtful Truth10 hari yang lalu
  • In this video there's a Moomin mug On the artist's table

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    • Oh hell yeah

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  • Mercury, toxic sap, toxic red paint. Damn, making these can cost you your life.

    Emily CheEmily Che11 hari yang lalu
  • wait, I never knew 'ngẫu nhiên' translates to 'accident'???? I always thought it was 'random'- it is 'random' tho-

    Carbon DioxideCarbon Dioxide11 hari yang lalu
  • I love how Vietnamese culture and traditions are now globalised and appreciated by may people around the world từ hào làm ng Việt Nam ghê :')

    Carbon DioxideCarbon Dioxide11 hari yang lalu
  • did he mention artist willing to learn this? okay just where and what part of the universe can an artist learn this

    Mirai KuriyamaMirai Kuriyama11 hari yang lalu
  • I still dont understand anything

    Azureen AzuAzureen Azu11 hari yang lalu
  • His paintings are so beautiful.

    Happy HeartHappy Heart11 hari yang lalu
  • Mind blowing....

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  • resin that a lot i only have 20 of them ;-;

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  • If you are watching Business Insider his name is Phan Chinh Trung not feng ching trung.

    Hanter OnHanter On12 hari yang lalu
  • ❤️việt nammmm

    Minh Trang PhạmMinh Trang Phạm12 hari yang lalu
  • Very informative!! Really cool skill 👍☺️ i really admire the effort and patience they put into their work!

    jessicajessica12 hari yang lalu
  • so.... its not blood?

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  • Resin sap

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  • Xin Chao

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  • The clear tower directly hook because snowflake gratifyingly reign near a protective twine. puzzled, lazy heart

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  • Please video of Patola sari of patan

    Rohitsinh SolankiRohitsinh Solanki13 hari yang lalu
  • my dumbass thought the oyster/muscle shell was part of the tree 😭

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  • It remembers me Stradivarius violins... Being not special, once in the past.. being the most playful instrument later.. Van Eyck being a painter for "some"..History proven "one of the kind" today..Son Mai once being important .. years later.... once.. about technologist issues.. Great artist being.

    jjohan streulensjjohan streulens14 hari yang lalu
  • oh YEAH.... a wayne gretzky rookie card from 1979 sold for 1.5 millon $....why does that make it so expensive??

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  • The meaty cupboard customarily trace because nephew pivotally tumble aside a kaput breath. used, sharp fiction

    Omar Abu-SalihOmar Abu-Salih15 hari yang lalu
  • *not me worried about him getting mercury poisoning from dipping his bare hand in water contaminated with cinnabar*

    11th century Crusader11th century Crusader15 hari yang lalu
  • I now realize I've seen one son mai painting in my friend's house. Her mom bought it when they lived in Vietnam. I had no idea it was such a complex piece of art.

    Sumiya SimiSumiya Simi15 hari yang lalu
  • Everything in Japan is so expensive be it fruits, vegetables, paintings etc for no reason. That makes many things not reachable to common people. That's pathetic.

    HARRYHARRY15 hari yang lalu
  • The red is very Red...

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  • Meanwhile my boy Cattelan be duct-taping a banana to a wall.

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  • She took the words right out of my mouth exquisite she's beautiful

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  • I wished they showed the red painting more closely after it was completed

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  • Me is vietnamese

    Kakeguri For lifeKakeguri For life16 hari yang lalu
  • idworlds.info/from/4MyHqJalhoeKftU/video

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  • Do you want to hear a joke? So Expensive, China season.

    The Clock Turns OneThe Clock Turns One16 hari yang lalu
  • i like wathing this series becoase i want to see things i cant afford

    Pavel navratilPavel navratil16 hari yang lalu
  • Show the god-damn final painting FFS..

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  • 🤎🎨💗

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  • I always have the fear of cultural appropriation when I watch videos like this. Because I want to move to these places and pick up these crafts! Hopefully one day we will have a global community who can trust each other to hold back the amnesia of time and restore traditional arts to glory!

    Devin FishDevin Fish18 hari yang lalu
    • why buying something as souvernir means cultural appropriation tho? Btw, not all sơn mài is that expensive here in Vietnam because of the artists' skills and material used so make sure to check these out carefully when buying one!

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  • Can't just be me that thinks this guy reminds me of an older Johnny Depp.

    the hotter cupidthe hotter cupid18 hari yang lalu
  • nice

    My DiaryMy Diary18 hari yang lalu
  • Unpopular opinion: This should be more expensive than some weird ass modern art.

    Kent ArthurKent Arthur18 hari yang lalu
  • hearing artists describe their work sounds like such bullshit

    Comte De Saint GermainComte De Saint Germain18 hari yang lalu
  • I love this guy, he has a charming and artistic voice and personality

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    MAHO KhanMAHO Khan18 hari yang lalu
  • damn, my teacher used to mark my million dollar pieces an F back in kindergarten 😔😔

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  • I want one. What a beautiful process. Well worth the money, I wish I could buy one.

    Lillith666Lillith66619 hari yang lalu
  • Then there's that guy who used just black and gold paint. Got his sold by millions....

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  • ..so they couldn't tag his social media bios or website ...y'all cheap

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  • Me: *live in Vietnamese*

    M o o n o r i eM o o n o r i e20 hari yang lalu
  • 😆😅 Nooooo sir

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  • I always love art. So beautiful ☺️

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