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Eight Panel Single Column Calligraphy Screen with Big and Small Characters

Yun Yong-gu
late 19th-early 20th century, Korea

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0519

ink on paper
single panel mounted: 57 x 12 in (144.8 x 30.5 cm)
full mounted screen: 57 x 96 in (144.8 x 243.8 cm)
single painting alone: 37.5 x 7 in (95.25 x 17.8 cm)

About Yun Yong-gu (1852-1939)
Renowned for his excellent calligraphy, the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) government official Yun Yong Gu (Seok-Chon) is even today a household name. Yun was also a celebrated painter of bamboo, orchids and landscapes. Yun's calligraphy is in the collection of Ho-Am Art Museum, The National Museum of Korea, and The Arthur M. Sackler Museum at Harvard University, The Smart Museum at The University of Chicago and The Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University. Disheartened by Japan's occupation of Korea, Yun Yong-gu left the public arena in which he was so well known and spent his last years as a recluse. This perhaps explains the poignant sadness and noble acceptance of hardship that imbue his calligraphic poems which lay embedded in Yun's bamboo paintings-the traditional literati symbol of endurance and pure solitary beauty-as his subject.




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