Four Landscapes, dated 1964 Four-panel screen, ink and slight color on paper, with cloth borders; depicting from right to left towering mountains rising above a stony archway and vegetation framing a deer and doe; the second panel drawn with the upturned eaves of a temple and entry gate in the middle ground with a waterfall to the lower right; the third panel depicting a monk in the lower left walking toward a monastery; the fourth panel with farmers carrying cuttings on their back as they cross a foot bridge over a water course that also skirts village huts visible in the middle ground; each of the panels inscribed with a ten-character couplet written in Chinese characters, two square seals reading Kim Ki-Chang in and Un-Bo and a third gourd-shaped seal inscribed yong ji bu gal (never exhausted with use); the far left panel also dated cyclically to jung-chu (1964) mid-autumn and signed Un-Bo 64 1/4 x 27 7/8in (163 x 71cm) each landscape 71 1/2 x 137in (181.5 x 346.5cm) overall
Kim Ki-Chang was born in Seoul and began his training as an artist at the age of sixteen under the master Kim Eun-Ho (1892-1979). Kim Eun-Ho taught the young painter to master not only the Chinese tradition of scholar's ink painting, but also the stylized realism developed by the Nihonga painters of Japan. It was the Japanese realist style that won Kim Ki-Chang recognition with his scenes of Korean urban and rural life during Japanese colonial rule.
After the end of Japanese occupation and the resolution of the Korean conflict, Kim Ki-Chang chose to simplify his style, returning to the vibrant brush work and broad color found in traditional Chinese painting and the Korean folk tradition; but he also experimented with pure abstraction that attracted the younger generation such as Kim Chong-Hak and Kim Tschang-Yeul whose works also appear in the Reimann collection.
The works of Kim Ki-Chang and his wife Park Rae-Hyon, herself a well-known painter, have been included in numerous exhibitions in Korea as well as in the United States. Their paintings have also been studied in such publications as Han'guk kundai hoehwa sonjip [The Collection of Modern Korean Paintings] volume 9: Kim Ki-Chang/Park Rae-Hyon (1990, Kumsung Publishing Company, Korea). A five-volume catalogue raisonné of the work of Kim Ki-Chang was published in 1994.
Published: Catalogue Raisonné Un-Bo, Kim Ki-Chang (Editions API, Seoul Korea,1994), volume II, illustrated pp. 122-123.
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