Korean True-View Landscape: Paintings by Chong Son


ISBN13/Barcode: 9781872843711

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Unprecedented insight into the distinctive art and literati culture of Korea in the early eighteenth century. Ch ng S n's albums of landscape paintings celebrate the scenic beauty of Korean rivers and mountains, focusing on the capital Hanyang, now Seoul, the Han River, the East Sea and the world-famous Diamond Mountain. The author, Ch'oe Wan-su, Chief Curator of the Kansong Museum in Seoul, presents travelogues and poems by Ch ng S n's contemporaries, scholars and officials who were inspired to compose those remarkable texts when they too visited the same landmarks. Korean scholars habitually wrote in Chinese, and frequently referred to Chinese paragons of landscape beauty, even while extolling the superior virtues of their native land. Some of them travelled as diplomats to the Chinese capital and even sold Chng S n's paintings there at a handsome profit, though the artist himself had no opportunity to visit China or see Chinese paintings at first hand. Accordingly, this book illuminates contemporary relations between the two countries, as well as introducing each site in detail and explaining typical features of Korean architecture and customs.

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ISBN13/Barcode 9781872843711
ISBN10 1872843719
Binding Hardback
Date Published 9 Feb 2010
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 382
Publisher Eastern Arts Pub & Saffron

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