Distinctive and beautifully executed renderings of bulls, fish and children are characteristic of work by master painter Lee Jung-sup (1916-1956), whose rare paintings used to sell for enormous sums of money. However, in 2005, a number of pictures attributed to him became the subject of much controversy after they were said to be counterfeits.
Moreover, despite being highly popular, his pieces were often overshadowed by attention given to his dramatic life story.
With this in mind, art critic and professor Park Young-taek decided to write a biography examining Lee’s professional life rather than focus on anecdotes about his personal and private life that people continue to argue over. Park gives an objective evaluation of Lee’s work and finds anew, the fervor and spirit of this genuinely inspirational artist. Lee’s etchings on tin foil illustrate his artistic soul and eagerness to paint even when he lived in abject poverty.
The biography is for younger readers, to give them a better understanding of the Korean artist. The author also includes stories from Lee’s childhood, describes his loving family life and personal agonies.