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Portrait of a gentleman
Date: approx. 1930-1940
Materials: Ink and colors on silk
Dimensions: H. 43 in x W. 32 in, H. 109.2 cm x W. 81.2 cm (overall); H. 34 1/2 in x W. 24 1/2 in, H. 87.6 cm x W. 62.2 cm (image)
Credit Line: Gift of Dong Jin Peter Choi
Department: Korean Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: 1998.42
On Display: Yes
Location: Gallery 23

Description

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A gentleman is seated on a summer mat decorated with an abstract floral design. He is wearing an informal robe and a two-tiered hat with undulating top edges (similar to the one on display in this gallery). Painter Choe Gwang’ik attempted to combine traditional and modern stylistic features in this portrait. Subtle shading creates a convincingly realistic effect and reveals Choe’s familiarity with Western painting techniques.

After Choe returned to Korea in 1930 from Japan, where he had been trained, he focused on painting portraits of famous historical and legendary figures. He continued into the twentieth century the long tradition of painting commemorative portraits, which were intended to express reverence for ancestors’ spirits and teachings. He updated the tradition of portraits by integrating Western techniques.


Label:

A gentleman is seated on a summer mat decorated with an abstract floral design. He is wearing an informal robe and a two-tiered hat with undulating top edges (similar to the one on display in this gallery). Painter Choe Gwang’ik attempted to combine traditional and modern stylistic features in this portrait. Subtle shading creates a convincingly realistic effect and reveals Choe’s familiarity with Western painting techniques.

After Choe returned to Korea in 1930 from Japan, where he had been trained, he focused on painting portraits of famous historical and legendary figures. He continued into the twentieth century the long tradition of painting commemorative portraits, which were intended to express reverence for ancestors’ spirits and teachings. He updated the tradition of portraits by integrating Western techniques.