This book chronicles the career of Alix Aymé, a student of Maurice Denis, who in 1919 left on the first of what would be many trips to Asia where she lived for more than 20 years, working in Laos, Cambodia, China, India and elsewhere. Influenced by Gauguin and the Nabis, she succeeded in creating a synthesis of European and Asian styles, and was largely responsible for the renaissance of the Vietnamese art of lacquer which she taught at the School of Fine Arts of Hanoi from 1934 to 1939. Her work is found in the Cabinet des Dessins of the Louvre and the Musée des Années Trente in Paris, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in La Rochelle, the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang, and the Evergreen Museum and Library of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Her first American museum exhibition: Alix Aymé: European Perception and Asian Poeticism, is to be held at the Evergreen Museum and Library, March-September, 2012
Corinne de Ménonville is the manager of development and international relations at the Guimet Museum in Paris. She is a specialist in Asiatic art and has written many essays on the subject.