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    Album of trades and occupations. 22 scenes. The end-papers with a print on the Keng-Chin T'u and world map. It includes an scene of 'Ssirum' (Korean wrestling), where a sweet-seller, spectators and a pair of wrestlers are painted with simple strokes. Ink and colours on paper. Seal.

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    • 19thC
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 36.1 centimetres (album)
    • Width: 32.2 centimetres (album)
    • Height: 24.5 centimetres (leaf (average))
    • Width: 22.5 centimetres (leaf (average))
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        Wen Hui Chih Chang
      • Inscription Comment

        seal(H Wang-Shan)
  • Curator's comments

    Portal 2000:
    These album is based on the original late-18th century paintings by Kim Hong-do, whose genre paintings show ordinary life in a humorous light. His most famous paintings are the twenty-five album leaves in the National Museum of Korea, representing everyday activities such as washing clothes, eating, tiling a house roof, and people such as entertainers, schoolboys, pedlars and farmers. The original paintings have been heavily retouched. Several copies of the album are in existence, including this one, probably completed in the 19th century. Kim's paintings are characterised by the lack of any background and by the masterly arrangement of the figures in space, often in a circle. Another distinguishing feature of his work is the portrayal of round faces with large noses and horizontal almond-shaped eyes. Apart from genre painting, he also mastered landscape, religious, bird, flower and portarit painting; he was one of the most versatile late Choson period painters. Like a true artist, he had little regard for money and died in destitution.


  • Bibliography

    • Portal 2000 figure 69 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    2010-2011, 0ctober-Jan, BM, Gallery 67 - leaves showing family group riding oxen; four men playing a game
    2011 - 2012, BM Gallery 67,

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    • OA+,0.292
COMPASS Image Caption: Drawing water from the well

COMPASS Image Caption: Drawing water from the well

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