Bamboos in Wind

Bamboos in Wind

바람 속의 대나무


Kim Jin-woo 김진우

(Korean, 1883-1950)

Ten-panel folding screen; ink on paper

Each panel: 128.9 x 33 cm (50 3/4 x 13 in.); Each panel framed: 194.3 x 47.6 cm (76 1/2 x 18 3/4 in.)



Active during the Japanese colonial period in Korea (1910–45), Kim Jin-woo earned his artistic reputation for his renditions of bamboo swaying in a strong wind. His piercing bamboo shoots are often compared to an iron spear, and their sharp leaves to a knife. It is believed that he deliberately emphasized sharpness in his brushstrokes to express his strong resistance to Japanese colonial oppression.

Kim sold his works to like-minded patrons to fund various resistance groups against Japanese rule. Created in 1934, a high point of Japanese control in Korea, this screen may be one of those pieces Kim produced to support his resistance activity.

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Korean Art
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