The South Korean painter Chun Kyung Ja was quite clear on how she felt about the version of her painting Beautiful Woman still in the collection in Seoul’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA).
“Parents can recognise one’s child,” Chun said, according to a recent Korea Times report. “That is not my painting.”
Before the artist’s death in October at the age of 91, the scandal over Beautiful Woman had mostly faded from the spotlight. But it was her frustration over the alleged forgery of her work that prompted the artist to leave South Korea in favor of the US in 1991 and completely disappear from the public eye, donating 93 paintings to the Seoul Museul of Art and moving to New York, where she lived until her death.