Seoul Despair – 1996
30 x 20 Inches (76.2 x 50.8 cm) – Oil on wood – The Golden Mean – Titanium braced
Painting by Gary Rohweder based on Photography by Ülric
Ülric considers this work a noble effort to align himself with Eduard Munch and his famous work, “The Scream”.
In this case, the issue is deep despair and the man on the left – back to his son – and his brother-in-law -is at the breaking point in his life – alcohol, family issues and involved in a profession for which he has no love.
Culturally imprisoned, he must deal with a tyrannical father who brooks no freedom of thought or action.
Ülric does not know why he took this photo and to this day, feels a sense of guilt about intruding on a moment of deep familial sadness – and of course – despair. There is no way out and four people, in this mountain-side copse of trees know it – father, business man, young son, a brother-in-law and man with a camera intruding on their misery.
Ülric has lost touch with these people and does not know how the passage of time has dealt with the three subjects -he has often wished them all well in this thoughts.
Artist Gary Rohweder has captured this situation very well. Psychologists and Psychiatrists see this work and can read the body language very quickly. The position of the father and the rigidity of his arms speak to his mental and physical angst.
Work signed by Ülric and artist.
Reserve bid price $29.5 million – anticipated ten year appreciation – 20 per cent