Kim Tschang-Yeul

  • , Waterdrops, 1982
    Acrylic and indian ink on newspaper
    22 3/8 x 9 1/2 inches (framed)
    56,8 x 24,1 cm (framed)
  • , Waterdrops, 2003
    Acrylic and indian ink on newspaper
    21 1/4 x 15 inches (framed)
    54 x 38,1 cm (framed)
  • , Waterdrops, 1984
    Oil on newspaper
    21 1/4 x 14 1/2 inches (framed)
    54 x 36,8 cm (framed)
  • , Waterdrops, 2005
    Oil and sand on wood panel
    27 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches
    69,9 x 69,9 cm
  • , Waterdrops, 2005
    Oil and sand on wood panel
    27 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches
    69,9 x 69,9 cm
  • , Waterdrops, 2017
    Oil and indian ink on canvas
    76 1/2 x 62 3/4 inches
    194,3 x 159,4 cm
  • , Recurrence, 2010
    Acrylic and graphite on canvas
    77 x 63 inches
    195,6 x 160 cm
  • , Waterdrops, 1997
    Oil on canvas
    71 1/2 x 90 1/2 inches
    181,6 x 229,9 cm
  • , Recurrence, 1989
    Oil and indian ink on traditional Korean paper
    28 3/4 x 36 1/8 inches
    73 x 91,8 cm
  • , Recurrence, 1989
    Oil and indian ink on traditional Korean paper
    76 1/2 x 63 inches
    194,3 x 160 cm
  • , Waterdrops, 1982
    Oil on canvas
    76 3/4 x 63 3/4 inches
    194,9 x 161,9 cm
  • , Waterdrops, 1982
    Oil on canvas
    35 x 45 7/8 inches
    88,9 x 116,5 cm
  • , Waterdrops, 1980
    Oil on canvas
    59 x 59 inches
    149,9 x 149,9 cm
  • , Waterdrops, 1979
    Oil on canvas
    51 x 38 1/4 inches
    129,5 x 97,2 cm
  • , Waterdrops, 1975
    Oil on canvas
    10 1/2 x 7 3/8 inches
    26,7 x 18,7 cm
  • , Waterdrops, 1974
    Oil on canvas
    63 5/8 x 51 inches
    161,6 x 129,5 cm
  • , Événement de la nuit, 1972
    Oil on canvas
    63 1/4 x 63 3/8 inches
    160,7 x 161 cm
  • , Waterdrops, 1979
    Oil on tree leaf
    12 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches (framed)
    31,8 x 31,8 cm (framed)
  • , Waterdrops, 1985
    Oil and indian ink on canvas
    76 3/4 x 63 3/4 inches
    194,9 x 161,9 cm
  • , Water drops, 2003
    Sand and oil on wood
    195 x 130 cm
    76 3/4 x 51 1/8 inches

Kim Tschang-Yeul is one of the greatest living Korean painters. Born in 1929 in the North of the then unified Korea, he migrated to the South to escape the communist regime. He subsequently left for New York to pursue his artistic dreams before finally settling in Paris in 1969. There, he began to nurture, over a period of forty years, a unique motif: the drop of water. The waterdrop is the starting point for a singular and iconic body of work, which stands at the confluence of lyrical abstraction, Pop Art and Chinese calligraphy. This simple and limpid œuvre subtly fuses Taoist wisdom, modern conceptual irony and the tragedy of war.

Kim Tschang-Yeul is considered one of the preeminent figures in the establishment of contemporary Korean art on the international scene, alongside Nam-June Paik and Lee Ufan. His work has been shown around the world for more than fifty years, recently culminating in several important retrospectives at the Gwangju Museum of Art, Korea, 2014; Taiwan National Museum of Fine Art, Taichung, 2012; Busan Museum of Art, Korea, 2009; National Art Museum of China, Beijing, 2006; and Jeu de Paume National Gallery, Paris, 2004.

The public initiative based Kim Tschang-Yeul Museum, created in honor of the artist, opened on the island of Jeju, South Korea, in 2016.


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