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King Bamboo

Kim Jin-Woo (1883-1950)

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Ink and color on silk
Painting alone: 61 x 24.75 in
(154.9 x 62.9 cm)
Mounted: Framed: 85.5 x 28.5 in (217.2 x 72.4 cm)

Especially renowned for his bam¬boo paintings, Kim Jin Woo was a literati painter, calligrapher and a member of Korea’s independence movement against Japanese oc¬cupation of Korea (1910-1945). In 1918, He studied at the Institute of Calligraphy which a famous literati painter Kim Gyu-jin founded.

Kim Jin-Woo is known as one of ‘the best bamboo painter’ of his time. The bamboos in Kim’s paint¬ings resemble his unswerving spirit of nationalism. He was imprisoned several times due to his protest against the Japanese rule. Even dur¬ing his imprisonment, he constantly practiced and painted bamboos.

In this rare example of King bam¬boo painting dexterously painted in color, the robust bamboo mirrors his unrelenting love for his country.

Selected Collections
Cheonju National Museum, Korea
Gansong Museum of Art, Korea
Philadelphia Museum of Art

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