Park Naehyeon

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Park Naehyeon
Hangul 박내현
Revised Romanization Bak Nae-hyeon
McCune–Reischauer Pak Nae-hyŏn
Pen name
Hangul 우향(Scent of Rain)
Revised Romanization U-hyang
McCune–Reischauer U-hyang

Park Naehyun (1920~1976) was a South Korean female painter born in Jinnampo of South Pyongan Province. Graduating from Gyeongseong Female high school in 1937, she entered the Tokyo women's arts school in 1941.[1]


She married a famed artist, Kim Ki-chang in 1946 and had tens of couple exhibitions and private showcases. Her pieces mainly intended to express meanings in oriental materials by tradition with a view to collaborating western-style canvas partition, which resulted in sensual hues and fabulous pattern. She is said to become a pioneer, rejecting prejudices against women and challenging her own paintings with passion.[2]

Her youngest daughter who is a nun in South Korea said in an interview that she had spent her life as a good mother as well as a passionate painter and a wife.[3] She influenced her husband during her life.[4]

On her way to stand in lectures, she came back owing to health problems. However, she failed to recover and died at her residence in Seongbuk District, Seoul.


She made a debut by being accepted to Chosen Art exhibition of Governor-General of Korea in 1943. Later, she was awarded the first prize given by the President of the Republic of Korea and grand prize in the National Art exhibition of Korea, gaining wider attention.

She went through several sets as a panel of judges in domestic art exhibitions until the early 1960s and then flew to São Paulo Biennale as an official South Korean delegate.[5] After finishing her work, she visited several nations in Latin America including Mexico then studied tapestry and printmaking in New York City.[6]

Briefly, her works can be separated into 4 terms: first (1940s) concentrated on Japanese paintings and figure paintings; second (1950s) challenged her own work with traditional materials of oriental painting in a western-drawing manner. Her pieces at this time produced half-abstract paintings by interpreting cubism and partition of the canvas in an analystic method; third phase (1960s) began experimenting abstractionism; fourth period (1970s) made use of printmaking skills in a creative drawing.[7]


  • 韓國現代作家十人(吳光洙, 悅話堂, 1977)
  • 雨鄕 朴崍賢(庚美文化社, 1978)


  1. ^ Park Naehyun DB media
  2. ^ Park Raebu, 《한국의 명화》, p.109, 1993
  3. ^ 운보의 수녀딸 김영 2008-02-10
  4. ^ 운보 김기창 화백 미수 기념 특별전 Hankook Ilbo2002-02-23
  5. ^ 그림의 추억- 부부화가 USHankook Ilbo 2008-10-11
  6. ^ Explanation on her work - "Abstract"
  7. ^ Park Raebu, 《한국의 명화》, p.109, 1993