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YUN HYONG-KEUN (KOREA, 1928-2007)
YUN HYONG-KEUN (KOREA, 1928-2007)

Burnt Umber & Ultramarine

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YUN HYONG-KEUN (KOREA, 1928-2007)
Burnt Umber & Ultramarine
signed in Korean and dated '1989-1990-1993' (on the reverse); inscribed '15M' (on the stretcher)

oil on linen
65.5 x 46 cm. (25 3/4 x 18 1/8 in.)
Painted in 1989-1993
Provenance
Private Collection, Asia

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Lot Essay

Everything on earth will return to dust. And it is only a matter of time. Not only the material but the importance we've assigned to them. In due course, I will someday heed my earthly beckoning, and so shall my painting.

YUN HYONG-KEUN

Born in Seoul in 1928, Yun Hyong-Keun graduated from Hongik University in 1957 with a BFA. Yun is widely considered as one of the most inspiring figures from the Dansaekhwa movement (Korean monochrome painting), which dominated the local art scene in Korea during the 1970s. He contributed to the movement with his exploration of the physical properties of art and a unique sense of technique and process. Yun's work involved adding multiple layers of paint on a raw canvas, and then diluting pigments with turpentine solvent such that the paint would spread within the canvas, creating a blurry effect, similar to ink being absorbed in paper in traditional Asian painting. Burn Umber and Ultramarine (Lot 643) is part of a larger series from this period painted spanning over four years, and is a beautiful example of the artist's mastery in achieving substance and depth through carefully nuanced layers of paint and solvent.

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