Author: National Museum of Korea. Size: 23 x 28.5 (cm). Quantity: 391(pages). Language(s): Korean and English. Year: 2013
The National Museum of Korea presents the special exhibition “A Painter’s Life: Kang Sehwang (1713 – 1791) and Literati Culture in the 18th Century” to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Kang Sehwang’s birth. The exhibition displays Kang’s works that have been handed down as family treasure through the generations and his masterpieces of landscape, portraiture, and Four Noble Plants, along with selected works by other artists that bear Kang’s inscriptions.
Cities flourished in the 18th Century Joseon society under the peaceful reigns of Kings Yeongjo and Jeongjo, and society experienced dynamic changes in philosophical views and patterns of daily life. Intellectuals opened themselves to new knowledge and experience, including exposure to Western civilization, and produced highly creative literary and artistic works. As a leading scholar who experienced this period of change and dynamism, Kang Sehwang established his own artistic world encompassing poetry, calligraphy, and painting based on his passion for and talent and expertise in art. Gifted with a discerning eye and a profound knowledge of art, his achievements in the field are remarkable. Kang’s broad scope of activity and exceptional acumen contributed the formation of a boad network of various groups of people from different ranks and classes, ranging from the king and gentleman scholars without any official position, to court artists of a low social status, all brougth together by art. The publication “A Painter’s Life: Kang Sehwang and Literati Culture in the 18th Century” has grown out of the special exhibition. The book includes six sections as follows:
Section 1: Portraits of Kang Sehwang, Reflections of His Life
Section 2: Kang Sehwang’s Family and Times
Section 3: The Ideals and Dreams of Literati
Section 4: Travel and Sketching from Nature
Section 5: Various Painting Genres and a Fresh Approach to Art
Section 6: The Greatest Critic of His Time
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