Lee Jung Seob was among the Korean painters who introduced modern western painting to the country; he also promoted a uniquely Korean style in his work. Lee is widely loved in Korea and his gallery will be displaying his Sun Prize palette - also a symbol of his love - until March 31.
|Lee Jung Seob's "The Bull" (1953)
The Sun Prize palette was given to Lee by the Japan Painting Creator Association, an independent painters’ association. When he left Japan, he gave it to his Japanese lover, Yamamoto Masako, with the promise that he would come back to Japan to study. This palette, therefore, became a love token for his proposal.
He married Yamamoto Masako in Wonsan, Korea, in 1945 during a time of political strife between Korea and Japan. He gave her a Korean name, Lee Nam Duk and they went on to have two sons and live in Wonsan, Busan and Jeju for a total of eight years. Upon Lee’s untimely death in 1956, Mrs Lee returned to Japan to live with her two sons. She retained the palette as a token of their love for 70 years until Oct. 2012.
Mrs Lee visited the Lee Jung Seob Art Gallery on Nov. 1 to donate the palette at 92 years of age. She wanted to show her appreciation to Lee’s fans and Jeju Island for the support shown to her husband.
Exhibition until Mar. 31.
Location: Lee Jung Seup Art Gallery, 1st floor, 440-1 Seogwi-dong, Seogwipo City
Opening hours: 09:00 – 18:00* Closed every Monday
Fee: 1,000 won (adult), 500 won (youths and military personnel), 300 won (children)
(Source: Lee Jung Seup Art Gallery website, http://jslee.seogwipo.go.kr)