Book

Traditional Painting: Window on the Korean Mind

Alternative title Korea Essentials
Category Book
Writer/s Robert Koehler
Publisher Seoul Selection USA, Inc.
Desctiption Korean painting reveals a connectivity with nature that parallels the Korean traditional world view. Living in a dramatic landscape of rugged peaks, deep valleys and broad rivers, Koreans have long held nature in deep reverence. This respect, this yearning for nature is immediately apparent in Korean paintings, whose aesthetic is likened to an “artless art” of gently lines, generous shapes and naturalistic colors. Beauty is found in the big picture rather than the details; paintings exhibit a naturalness that moves the viewer with its humility.

Many Korean paintings were painted not by artists, but by ordinary nobles and even commoners. For the people of old Korea, painting was often a part of life, a way to express their inner spirit. Perhaps it is this that makes Korean painting so approachable, so human.
Language English
No. of Pages 132
ISBN / ISSN 8991913741 / 978-8991913745
Year of Publication 2011
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