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Portrait of a Young Officer

Portrait of a Young Officer

젊은 관료 초상

1921

Chae Yongshin 채용신

(Korean, 1848-1941)

Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

Overall: 156.4 x 87.3 cm (61 9/16 x 34 3/8 in.); Painting only: 127 x 71.1 cm (50 x 28 in.)

1.2020

Location

Exhibition

Conversation about Diversity in Korean Embroidery Arts- Korean Gallery 236 Rotation

Description

Wearing a dark green court uniform, a man is seated in a chair covered with a leopard skin, a gift from the royal court to a newly appointed officer. The embroidered rank badge with a design of two cranes identifies the sitter’s bureaucratic status: the third ranked officer.

A portrait painter, Chae Yongshin rendered the young officer’s shy smile, giving a glimpse into his mixed feelings of confidence and anxiety about his upcoming bureaucratic career. According to the inscription written on the back, Chae painted this portrait during the first half of the 12th lunar month of 1921, possibly commemorating the beginning of the man’s official career.

See also
Department: 
Korean Art
Type of artwork: 
Painting

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