Recurrence HU97001, 1997
Oil on hemp canvas, signed, dated, titled on the right edge
91.2 x 65.5 cm
35 25/32 x 25 5/8 in.
PROVENANCE Gallery Ju Young, Seoul
Private collection, Seoul
Private collection, Paris
Kim Tschang-Yeul is a major artist who has contributed to the revival of the contemporary Korean art scene. Born in 1929 in what is now North Korea, Kim was introduced to ideogram calligraphy by his grandfather, an art form that has influenced his work throughout his career. After visiting New York in 1965, Kim went to France where he settled permanently in 1969. It was towards the end of the 1960s that Kim Tschang-Yeul used the theme of the water drop, which is distinctive and representative of his work.
The painting we propose, entitled Recurrence HU97001 and dated 1997, presents both the art of calligraphy dear to the painter and his famous drops of water. The hyper realism of these drops, highlighting the support are also a way to reveal again the ideograms inscribed on this same support. This is a text taken from the most widespread schoolbook in China, with the help of which children learn to write, evoking characters from the history of the country and the region.