Album; ink on linen
Painting: 30.5 x 280 cm (12 x 110 1/4 in.); Overall: 36.8 x 26.5 x 3 cm (14 1/2 x 10 7/16 x 1 3/16 in.)
Private Collection 8.2019
Yi Ha-eung, a calligrapher who wrote poems in an elegant semicursive script, was the father of the King Gojong (1852−1919). As a politician, Yi led vigorous efforts to resist foreign influence during his regency from 1866 to 1873, and as an artist he dedicated himself to reviving literati art in the late 1800s. In this work, Yi wrote a series of classical poems on a coarsely woven linen handscroll, now formatted into an album. His semicursive calligraphy is slender and graceful, yet full of inarguable strength, as if mirroring Yi’s personality.
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