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Modern Korean Ink Painting

Publisher: , 2006
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Modern Korean Ink Painting promotes a general understanding of how Korean art and the times it represented were related. The book starts with the dawn of the modern age in Korean art (1876-1910), which looks at the legacy of court painting and the last of the literati painters. Next the book moves on to the modern art era in Korea (1920-1940). Finally, it examines the forces at work during the perpetuation of nationalism, which lasted well into the 1980s.

Source: publisher’s website

LKL says:

A well-illustrated and easy-to-read book which traces the development of ink painting in the 20th century from its roots in the Chosun dynasty: the famous “court” painter O-won (Jang Seung-eop, 장승업, immortalised in Im Kwon-taek’s Chihwaseon), and the literati style perfected in Kim Jeong-hi (김정희).

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