late 1800s or early 1900s
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Image: 184 x 48 cm (72 7/16 x 18 7/8 in.)
Private Collection 5.2018
Speedy and bold brushwork in dark ink characterize the style of Prince Min Young-ik, considered one of the finest bamboo and orchid painters in the history of Korean art. The inscription in the upper left corner was written by Wu Changshuo (1844−1927), one of the great Chinese calligraphers at that time. Wu praises Min’s work: “No bamboo paintings in the past and present can be compared with Min’s.” A seal with red characters on a white background in the right bottom corner reads House of Questing for Thousand Bamboos 千 尋竹齋, the name of Min’s house in Shanghai, where many famous Shanghainese artists gathered.
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