Winter Landscape

Winter Landscape

설경산수도 (雪景山水圖)




Hanging scroll; ink and slight color on silk

Image: 92.4 x 52.7 cm (36 3/8 x 20 3/4 in.); Overall: 195.6 x 74.9 cm (77 x 29 1/2 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1986.45


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This wintry scenery was mainly painted in monochrome ink, but some details like the rider's horse saddle and the servant's carrier attest the use of light blue pigment.


This wintry vista is a vivid example of idealistic monumental painting: the strong contrasts of ink washes and contouring brush lines; the bold outlining of rock shapes and tree trunks; and the many short, twisting brushstrokes that build up the surfaces of the rocks. Much of the painting’s appeal can be attributed to the dynamic lines and contrasting tonal patterns that lead the viewer’s eye from the lower foreground toward the cold mountain peaks in the distance. In the corner is a seal that reads "Yeoseol," meaning "Snow-Like."

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