Birds and Flowers

Birds and Flowers


late 1800s

Yang Gi-hun 양기훈

(Korean, 1843-1919?)

Ten-panel folding screen; ink on paper

Painting: 111.6 x 30.5 cm (43 15/16 x 12 in.); Overall framed: 202.2 x 446.2 cm (79 5/8 x 175 11/16 in.)

Private Collection 4.2019


Although Yang Gi-hun was born to an elite scholar-official family in the city of Pyongyang in present-day North Korea, he decided to become—unlike his forefathers—a professional painter, traditionally considered a low-grade profession. Here Yang successfully coupled his masterful calligraphic brushwork with his realistic rendition of various flowers, plants, and birds. Such flora and fauna—peonies, rocks (from the far right panel), bamboos, orchids, banana trees, lotus flowers, a ripening pomegranate, an egret, a bird, chrysanthemum, geese, reeds, a swallow and plum blossoms—evoke not only seasonal changes, but also propitious messages.

See also
Korean Art
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Private Collection

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