Aug 10, 2021
Aug 10, 2021
Aug 10, 2021
Aug 10, 2021

Chaekgeori (Books and Things)

Chaekgeori (Books and Things)

책거리

early 1900s

Eight-panel folding screen

Painting: 100.4 x 35 cm (39 1/2 x 13 3/4 in.); Overall framed: 180.3 x 380.6 cm (71 x 149 13/16 in.)

Private Collection 43.2020

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Translated as “books and things,” chaekgeori refers to a style of still-life painting that flourished in Korea from the late 1700s to the first half of the 1900s. As shown in the accompanying image of a seated gentleman, this kind of chaekgeori screen continued to be enjoyed among ruling elites due to its scholarly connotation; however, toward the end of the 1800s, it was increasingly woven into the life of middle-class members’ households. In this work, books are still featured; nevertheless, they serve more as props to display bouquets of flowers, a bowl of seasonal fruits, and utilitarian items, all for celebrating the relaxing life of the newly rich middle class.

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Department: 
Korean Art
Type of artwork: 
Painting
Credit line: 
Private Collection

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