Park Sookeun (1914-1965) Gidalim (Waiting)
Lot 321
Park Sookeun (1914-1965)
Gidalim (Waiting)
Sold for US$ 605,000 inc. premium

Fine Japanese and Korean Art

14 Sep 2016, 13:00 EDT

New York

Lot Details
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Park Sookeun (1914-1965)
Gidalim (Waiting)
Oil and mixed media on board, signed in hangul at the upper right Sookeun; the paper label on the verso inscribed in black crayon with the title Gidalim (Waiting) in hangul above Park Sookeun in Roman letters and in hangul
14 1/8 x 5 1/4in (36 x 13.5cm)

Footnotes

  • Park Sookeun took as his principal subject matter characters and scenery from everyday life in post-war Korea. It is the celebration of a lost era in Korean history that may explain the great popularity of his work today, when such scenes evoke feelings of nostalgia among collectors. Here, a mother and child dressed in traditional hanbok clothing are seen from behind, the child suspended in a sling and the woman's red under-robe showing beneath her hem.

    Sookeun's body of work is thought to be quite small, perhaps no more than 400 paintings. His career was cut short by his premature death from cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 51 in 1965.

    Waiting is the fifth Park Sookeun painting to be offered by Bonhams: others include Two Figures, December 10, 2012, lot 5346; Selling by the Roadside, November 17, 2004, lot 134; Roadside Vendor, June 23, 2008, lot 8330; On the Road Home, December 13, 2010, lot 5302.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this lot is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, number 00007109 issued by the Korean Art Appraisal Board, dated August 12, 2016.
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