Painter Dang Ai Viet introduced her 1,000th portrait of Vietnamese Heroic Mother at a get-together in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre on March 7 to mark the 103rd International Women Day and the 1,973rd anniversary of Trung Sisters’ Uprising.

The painting portraits Vietnamese Heroic Mother Ta Thi Huan (alias Tu Hiep), who served as member of the Ben Tre provincial Party Committee and head of the province’s Liberation Woman Union from 1967 to 1972.

Mother Huan, now 93, has three children killed in battle during the anti-US resistance war. She was among Ben Tre province’s representatives to the grand ceremony marking the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi in 2010.

Viet, the wife of late People’s Artist-film maker Pham Khac, started her journey to draw the portraits of Vietnamese Heroic Mothers across the country in February 2010. Riding a small and old Chaly-brand motorbike, the 70-year-old painter has visited 62 provinces and cities nationwide and painted a total 1,055 portraits.

She confided that the greatest thing urging her to take the brush is the sacrifice of Vietnamese Heroic Mothers to the national liberation and reunification.

At present, she is also conducting her second project of drawing the portraits of comrades who fought side by side with her during the war. -VNA