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Lee Jung-seob (10 April 1916 – 6 September 1956) was a Korean artist, most known for his oil paintings such as “White Ox”.

Life and Career

He was born on 10 April 1916, in the city of Pyeongyang, which is now part of North Korea. He is known for his distinctive style, which combines traditional Korean ink painting techniques with modern Western painting styles.


Lee’s early works were heavily influenced by traditional Korean art, and he studied under several prominent Korean artists. He later went on to study Western art at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in Japan, where he was exposed to new techniques and styles.

Throughout his career, Lee created a wide range of works, including paintings, prints, and sculptures. His works often depicted everyday life in Korea, including scenes of rural landscapes, village life, and traditional Korean dress.

Lee’s most famous work is his series of “Bull” paintings, which he began in the 1950s. These works depict bulls in various poses and styles, and they are known for their bold colors and strong brushstrokes.


In 1955, he held only one private exhibition at the Midopa Gallery. He suffered from a type of schizophrenia credited to longings for his family and stress from life hardships. In his loneliness, Lee turned to alcohol and died of hepatitis on 6 September 1956 in Seoul.

Award and Legacy

Lee’s art had a significant impact on the development of modern Korean art, and his works continue to be celebrated and studied today.

On 10 April 2012, Google celebrated Lee Jung-seob’s 96th Birthday with a doodle.

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