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9. Landscape with two scholars in a pavillion

Heo Ryeon (1809-1892, pen name:Sochi)
19th century, Joseon Dynasty, Korea

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Heo Ryeon Landscape

Landscape with Two Scholars In a Pavilion

hanging scroll, ink on silk with silk brocade mounting
painting alone: 44.875 x 23.25 (114 x 59.1 cm)
mounted size: 73.375 x 31.125 (186.4 x 79.1 cm)

About Heo Ryeon (1809-1892)
Heo Ryeon, also known as Ho Yu or So Chi, was a talented poet, calligrapher, and painter. Born into a noble family in decline, Heo Ryeon taught himself to paint from studying the Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting and Painting Manual Compiled by Master Ku. At the age of 28, Ho came under the tutelage of a Buddhist master, Ch'oui Sonsa, at Daehung Temple in the neighboring county of Haenam. Under his guidance, Heo’s painting and calligraphy took on new depth. Following his teacher's recommendation, Heo went to Seoul to study with Gim Jeong-hui. In 1857, the year after Gim's death, Heo Ryeon returned to Chindo and built his own studio, which he named Ullimsanbang (Room in Clouded Forest Mountain). There he painted and worked for the rest of his life. Heo's work became the basis of the revitalized Korean Southern School of painting, known as Honamhwap'a.

Selected Collections
Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University
Goryeo University Museum, Seoul, Korea
Ho-Am Art Museum in Yong In, Korea
Kan Song Museum, in Seoul, Korea
The National Museum of Korea, in Seoul, Korea
Smart Museum of Art, Chicago

Selected Publications
The Fragrance of Ink, 1996, Korean Studies Institute, Korea University, Seoul (cat. 17 & 45)

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