View full screen - View 1 of Lot 84. Park Sookeun (1914-1965) | Untitled | 1964.
84

Park Sookeun (1914-1965) | Untitled | 1964

Park Sookeun (1914-1965) | Untitled | 1964

Park Sookeun (1914-1965) | Untitled | 1964

This lot has been withdrawn

Park Sookeun (1914-1965)

Untitled


oil on hardboard, signed in hangul, Sookeun, the verso inscribed in hangul, Park Sookeun and in Roman script Park Sookeun 1964, framed

37.8 x 32.4 cm., 14⅞ x 12¾ in. (including frame)

To request a Condition Report for this Lot, please contact jon.adjetey@sothebys.com.


Please note that Condition 11 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Please note this lot has been withdrawn from the sale.

Executed in Park Sookeun’s idiosyncratic brushstrokes and palette, this quiet scene depicts a woman carrying a basket aloft accompanied by two children. Presumably on their way to or from a market, the painting is rendered in the earthy, granite hues typically explored in Park’s works. Born in 1914 in Yanguu County, Gangwon Province, South Korea, Park developed his own artistic style independently and received no formal art education. Park graduated from his elementary education in 1927 and was unable to pursue further study due to financial difficulties and the need to support his siblings after his mother’s untimely death and his father’s absence. Despite his difficult upbringing, Park cherished his hometown and was greatly inspired by the quotidian scenes of daily life that he encountered. Contrary to many other contemporary artists who often left Korea to study and join the new artistic currents garnering much attention abroad, Park never left Korea. His subtle works focus on simplified, local figures, particularly villagers or labourers, and the rhythms of their comings and goings.


The artist Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875) was also an influence on Park. Millet’s sympathetic gaze towards simple, peasant life and a fascination with farmers in their rural countryside was undoubtedly understood and shared by Park. Sketching such scenes incessantly throughout his career, Park seemingly strove to create figures so synonymous with the local landscape as to become the very essence of it. Arguably, his variation and approach to this romantic subject pathed Park’s own unique expression of Korean modernism. Park’s relatively small oeuvre is believed to comprise no more than four hundred paintings. His career was cut short by his premature death at the age of fifty-one in 1965.