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Flying Geese and Autumn Reeds

Choe Wu-seok (1899-1965)
20th century, Korea

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This hanging scroll depicts the traditional theme of geese and reeds. The reeds and geese are fluidly painted, symmetrically flowing downwards.

ink and light color on paper
painting alone: 24.25 x 12.375 in (61.6 x 31.4 cm)
mounted size: 59 x 19.25 in (149.9 x 48.9 cm)

About Choe Wu-seok:
Born In Seoul, Choe Wu-seok studied under Jo Seok-jin and Ahn Joong-sik at Gyeong Song (Seoul) Arts School during the Japanese Colonial Period (1910 - 1945.) From 1924 to 1934, Choe was awarded the highest honor from the National Arts Competition. Choe’s early works, which consisted largely of landscapes and portraits done with elaborate colors and details, show a Japanese influence, for which he was criticized. In later years, Choe Wu-seok began doing traditional ink paintings, such as the flying geese seen here.

Selected Collections
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
Samyung University Museum, Korea
Duksoo Palace, Korea

Selected Publications
100 Masterpieces of Modern Korean Painting 1900-1960, a catalogue published by National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, 2002

Glimpse Into Korean Modern Painting, a catalogue published by National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, 1998, pages 124 and 153.




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