Lee Bae

Vogue 2019

Ryu Gwan-Sun (1902-1920)

By Lee Bae (Cheong-do, 1956)

Fingerprints, oil painting

« I wanted to show a Korean woman who changed the history of her country. Her pioneering courage, despite her vulnerability as a woman, reminds me of the courage of Jesus who died on the cross for humanity. »

A symbol of the Korean struggle for independence, Ryu Gwan-Sun played a leading role in the uprising of the 1th March 1919 against the Japanese occupation. A month later, both his parents were shot dead by Japanese police during the bloody repression of a new demonstration. In 1962, she was posthumously awarded the Order of Merit for the National Foundation.