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Ahn Joong-sik (1861-1919)
late 19th-early 20th century, Korea

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Ink painting of a deer in the shape of a fan.

About Ahn Joong-sik (1861-1919)
[cha Uksang, Kongnip; penname: Shimjon, Pulburong, Purija, Purong]
Renowned for his fine landscapes, figures, flowers and birds, and calligraphy, Ahn Joong-Sik was a pivotal figure in early twentieth-century Korean painting. A pupil of the great court painter Jang Seung-eop [old rom Chang Sung-op] (1843-1897), Ahn was one of the very last court painters of the Bureau of Painting. Ahn Joong-sik, along with contemporary Jo Seok-jin, was essential in preserving the Korean traditions of painting and calligraphy during the Japanese colonial period. The premiere teachers of the Sohwa misulwon (Academy of Calligraphy and Painting), Ahn and Jo taught many of the next generation’s finest artists, including Yi Sang-beom, Byeon Gwan-sik, No Su-hyeon (1899–1978) and Kim Eun-ho. Ahn is recognized as a bridge between the late Joseon and modern periods.

Ho-Am National Museum, Korea
National Museum of Korea, Seoul
The Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University

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