Tran Dan was born in 1926 in Nam Dinh, Hanoi. He died in that same City in 1997. Besides being a painter, he was a poet and a novelist. He took part in the Resistance against the French colonialists in 1953 and was eventually caught and imprisoned by them. In order to keep the secrets of the organization, he tried to kill himself on a number of occasions.
Tran Dan was a personal witness to two devastating wars of independence; after living through these, no one could keep him from completing his inspired paintings.
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