Pioneer of Korean abstract art Han Mook passes away at 102

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Pioneer of Korean abstract art Han Mook passes away at 102

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Han Mook

Han Mook, an artist recognized as one of the pioneers of Korean abstract painting, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 102 in Paris, France.

The late artist organized the Modern Art Society in 1956 with artists like Yoo Young-kuk, Park Ko-suk, and others.

Born in 1914 in Seoul, Han graduated from Kawabata Art School in Tokyo, Japan, in 1940, and served as a professor at Hongik University from 1955 to 1961. He then moved to Paris to fulfill his artistic endeavors and stayed there for the rest of his life.

Inspired by the lunar landing of the Apollo 11 in 1969, Han put in over 50 years into illustrating the dynamics and tremor of cosmic space using geometric structures and vibrant colors.

He once said, “After watching the broadcast of the lunar landing, I came to grow an ambition to put four-dimensional outer space into a two-dimensional surface.”


By Jeong Jae-sook

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