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9. A pair of Birds

Anonymous
17-18th century, Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)

ink on paper, hanging scroll

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(right) ANONYMOUS
Plum and Birds
17-18th century, Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)
ink on paper
Full Mounted: 41.3 x 20 in (105 x 51 cm)

(left) ANONYMOUS
Bamboo and Birds
17-18th century, Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)
ink on paper
Full Mounted: 41.3 x 20 in (105 x 51 cm)

Reminiscent of the style of the seventeenth century painter Cho Sok [ho: Chang Gang] (1595-1688), this exceptional pair of paintings features the stylized, precisely balanced composition typical of Korean bird paintings of the seventeenth to eighteenth century. Distinguished by the artist’s refined brushstrokes and expert use of contrast, the bamboo leaves fluttering in the wind are depicted with such vivacity and dexterity while the two birds below are effectively positioned in a controlled composition. The expression and delicacy illustrated by a pair of two birds perched on the plum tree attest to the artist’s exceptional skill.

Another very similar work, probably done by the same artist, was acquired by Arther M. Sackler Museum of Harvard University from Kang Collection in 2002




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