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Bull and Children

Bull and Children Park Soo-keun


Park Soo-keun is seen by many as the most original Korean artist when it comes to the country’s modern art. Capturing the common lives of ordinary people with simple, integrated lines, Park stylized a unique Korean sentiment into his works that highlights the hard lives of people in the modern age, while also developing his own painting style of thickly layering mainly gray-brown pigment that resembles the surface of granite. Bull and Children was produced during the height of his career and is a larger painting than Park’s most other works. The canvas is mainly divided horizontally, into top and bottom, with a squatting bull in the upper half and several boys gathered together in the lower half, eliciting a folksy feeling.

Oil on canvas