Traditional Korean Painting
Traditional Korean Painting, the 27th book in The Spirit of Korean Cultural Roots series, explores the history of Korean painting. In doing so, it gives an overview of the changes and developments in Korean painting through the ages, from prehistoric to modern times, by looking at the major trends and the philosophical and stylistic characteristics according to period.
From the back cover:
Korea has developed a unique art and culture since prehistoric times. From the rock carvings of prehistoric times to the genre known as korean painting (hangukhwa) today, clear changes have taken places according to the period as attested to by the paintings that remain extant. This book gives an overview of the changes and developments in korean paintings through the ages by looking at the major trends according to periods, and the philosophical and stylistic characteristics.
Traditional Korean Painting can be divided into many different types: rock carvings (petroglyphs), tomb murals, and carvings on craft works, religious paintings such as Buddhist paintings and shamanic paintings, decorative court paintings, folk paintings, documentary paintings of ceremonies and gatherings, portraits, genre paintings, paintings of beautiful women, classical landscapes, realistic (true-view) landscapes, bird-and-flower paintings, animal paintings, flower paintings, paintings of the "four gentlemen " and still lifes.
As such, this book does not just focus on a few genres but covers the whole spectrum, including prehistoric rock carvings, ancient tomb murals, Buddhist painting, shamanic painting, folk painting, court painting, portraits, genre paintings, landscapes and bird-and-flower paintings. The works of Korea's major artists such as Seo Gu-bang, Jeong Seon, Kim Hong-do, Jang Seung-eop and Park Rae-hyeon are introduced in detail to promote greater understanding of Korean painting.
This book was written from the consciousness that traditional Korean painting has often been written about and discussed from the perspective of others, through modern or Western ideologies such as colonialism, anti-colonialism, nationalism and modernism. Moving away from the development theory inherent in the Western model, the author takes a critical perspective and attempts a new historical systemization of traditional Korean painting.
I. Prehistoric Painting
Petroglyphs, the Origin of Korean Painting
Craft Designs of the Bronze Age
II. Painting of the Three Kingdoms Period
Goguryeo Tomb Murals: Changes and Implications
Painting of the Unified Silla Period
III. Painting of the Goryeo Period
The Characteristics of Goryeo Buddhist Painting
The Emergence of Painting for Appreciation
New Trends after the Mid-Goryeo Period
IV. Painting of the First Half of the Joseon Dynasty
Literati View of Painting and the Establishment of Painting and Calligraphy
as a Hobby
Classical Landscapes and Realistic Landscapes
New Developments in Portraiture
The Popularity of Bird-and-Flower Painting
V. Painting of the Latter Half of the Joseon Dynasty
The Appreciation of Art and Changing Attitudes toward the Production and Consumption of Painting
The Introduction and Development of New Techniques
The Rise of True-View Landscapes
The Development of Genre Painting
Types and Characteristics of Decorative Court Painting
The Mood of Good Fortune and Extravagance: Boom in Folk Painting
New Tastes in Flower Painting
VI. Traditional Painting in the Modern Era
The Dominance of the Owon Style
The Birth of “Eastern Painting”
The Revival of “Korean Painting”
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- 128*188 mm
- 258 g
- Ewha Womans University Press
- Hong Sun-pyo