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Kim Heung-Sou Kimsou

(1919 -  2014 )
KIMSOU Kim Heung-Sou Untitled

Christie's
Sep 14, 2011
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Kim Heung-Sou Kimsou - Untitled

Kim Heung-Sou Kimsou - Untitled

Original 1950
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Lot number: 187
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KIM HEUNG-SOU

(KIM SOU, Korean, B. 1919)

Untitled

signed 'KIM SOU' (lower left)

oil on canvas

46.5 x 38 cm. (18 1/4 x 15 in.)

Painted in the late 1950s

金兴洙

无题

油彩 画布

1950年代末期作

签名:KIM SOU (左下)

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Private Collection, USA
Kim Heung-Sou Kimsou - Une Pose

Kim Heung-Sou Kimsou - Une Pose

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Lot number: 3354
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KIM HEUNG-SOU (KIM SOU, Korean, B. 1919) Une Pose signed 'Kim Sou' in English (lower right); inscribed 'KIM Heung-sou' in English; titled 'Une Pose' in French (on the reverse) oil on canvas 80 x 100 cm. (31 1/2 x 39 3/8 in.) Painted in the late 1950s

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Private Collection, USA
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What matters to me is that it should be a painting all my own. I wish to search for, discover and pursue all human values truthfully and translate them into my canvases. My freedom is there.

-Kim Heung-Sou

Kim Heung-Soo's life, spanning across Japan, France and America, is an epitome of Korean Diaspora characterizing a part of Korean Modern Art history. Kim majored in painting at the Tokyo University of the Arts, earning his BFA in 1944. Under Japanese academicism, Kim intensively probed a wide range of European oil paintings, seeking his own visual language. Kim's early work was executed in a realistic style in between Impressionism and Cubism - a style which was soon thwarted by the savage Korean War, the brutality of which spurred him on to explore other creative forms. As the war ended in 1955, Kim set off for Paris and stayed until 1961, resuming his study at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere and regularly exhibiting at the Salon d'Automne. Exposed to the international contemporary art scene, the artist sought avidly for freshened expression of his art. In this Paris period, Kim developed his signature nude, a life-long theme for him. Une Pose featured here (Lot 3354) is a representative example that demonstrates his mature technique and evolved styles in nude. The heavy layering of vibrant colour pigments brightens the canvas with bold red. Black brushes and colour blocks intertwine with the red draperies - as if those ancient symbols that leap across the prehistoric cave walls against flickering flashes of fire - to unfold a primeval vigor, inviting the viewer to unveil the mystery of time.

It was about 20 years later after Une Pose that Kim put together his revolutionary ideas on aesthetics and issued the "Harmonism Manifesto." The term "Harmonism" was coined by Kim in 1977 during his residence in the United States (1968-1979) to synthesize the two polar yet interconnected aesthetic narratives, abstraction and figuration, on the basis of the Eastern complementary opposites of Yin and Yang. Une Pose embodies already the primary idea of Harmonism; sharp lines, which resemble seal inscriptions, scatter all over the canvas; the abstract distribution, at once structured and arbitrary, is entangled with the figure of a buxom female body to array the force of Yin and Yang. The distinct Eastern concept of Yin and Yang describes what the ancient Chinese saw within the greater whole of the natural world. The relationship between different natural forces and their regularity were regarded, spontaneously, as being both oppositional and congruent. It was the philosophical reflection on such natural phenomenon as the heaven and earth, days and nights, summers and winters and males and females that the concept of Yin and Yang was induced. Kim Heung Sou contends that art, like nature, manifests the balance of Yin-Yang. While Yin represents the invisible, unutterable motifs of abstraction, Yang embodies the visible, palpable figurative world. They are the polar opposites of artistic expression within the greater, single unit of art. As Une Pose exemplifies, the state of perfection relies upon the interaction and integration of these two elements.
Kim Heung-Sou Kimsou - Untitled

Kim Heung-Sou Kimsou - Untitled

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Lot number: 778
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Kim Sou (Kim Heungsou) (B.1919) Untitled Signed Kim Sou Oil on canvas, framed 25 5/8 x 19 5/8in. (64.8 x 50.3cm.)
La Belle Gabrielle, Paris (gallery name inscribed on stetcher)
Kim Sou was one of a small number of Korean artists who were able to travel to Paris in the 1950s. He stayed for twelve years. His experiments there shook off his early grounding as a realist painter to gain traction as an abstract painter, eventually settling on a combination of the figural and the abstract suspended in a field of color. Kim called his art Harmonism, likening it to the dualities of existence and aesthetics.

Kim Sou was born in Hamheung in northern Korea. He had his first one-person exhibition at the Tonghwa Gallery, Seoul, in 1949. In 1955, he went to Paris to study oil painting at the Academie de la Grande Chaumière and exhibited regularly in the Salon d'Automne thereafter. In 1966, he had a one-person exhibition at Press Center Art Gallery, Seoul. His paintings were exhibited at the Woodmere Gallery in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, in 1970, while he was instructor in the Department of Education, Philadelphia Art Museum. He also taught at Moore College of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. In 1979, he participated in "Korean Modern Art of the 1950s" sponsored by the Korean Modern Art Gallery, Seoul. Kim was featured in a major exhibition and symposium on Cubism in Asia that traveled to the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and the Singapore Art Museum between 2005 and 2006.
Kim Heung-Sou Kimsou - Untitled

Kim Heung-Sou Kimsou - Untitled

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Lot number: 171
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Kim Sou (Kim Heungsou) (B. 1919)
Untitled
Signed H.S. Kim.
Oil on canvas, framed
39¾ x 28¼in. (100 x 73cm.)
Lot Notes
Kim Sou was born in Hamheung in northern Korea. He had his first one-person exhibition at the Tonghwa gallery, Seoul, in 1949. In 1955, he went to Paris to study oil technique at Academie de la Grande Chaumière and exhibited regularly in the Salon d'Automne. In 1966, he had a one-person exhibition at Press Center Art Gallery, Seoul. His paintings were exhibited at the Woodmere Gallery in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, in 1970, while he was instructor in the Department of Education, Philadelphia Museum of Art. He also taught at Moore College of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. In 1979, he participated in "Korean Modern Art of the 1950s" sponsored by the Korean Modern Art Gallery, Seoul.
Kim Heung-Sou Kimsou - Seated Figure

Kim Heung-Sou Kimsou - Seated Figure

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Lot number: 5224
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Seated figure

Oil on canvas, framed; depicting a seated young woman wearing a red dress, the lower left signed in Chinese

Kim Heung-Sou

above the Roman letters

H.S

; the reverse, signed with the same Chinese characters and in Roman script

Heung-Soo Kim 1954

beneath a Chinese inscription possibly reading

Tobul kobyol jeonchul pum

(item for

Tobul

farewell exhibition)

(paint flaking, tiny puncture).

23 3/4 x 14 3/4in (60.5 x 37.5cm)
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