All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1079534 (stock #0775)
Fine Crane Painting by the Famous Korean Monk from Jeju Island, Ko Chang Nyul aka Jung Kwang Sunim (1935-2002). A google search of Jung Kwang Mad Monk will reveal the fascinating life of this character, and you'll find this movie about him (http://www.piff.org/eng/html/archive/arc_search_view.asp?idx=1314&target=search&c_idx=18&m_entry_year=2002) and this recent exhibition (http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20110807000244) and this book (http://www.amazon.com/The-Mad-Monk-Paintings-Lancaster-Miller/dp/0895810174) and more. He and his work have been featured on CNN, PBS, NHK, and other major broadcasters. He was a famous monk, artist, poet, and actor. His unique paintings are instantly recognizable by their zen approach to form and color. Please take a look at the close-ups here to get a sense of the spiritual quality of his brushwork. The crane is an ancient symbol of longevity. It has further symbolic meaning in Buddhism. The bodhisattvas change themselves into cranes so that they can fly all over the world visiting and helping people. Ink and color on paper. Frame: 23.25 x 19.75 inches, 59 x 50 cm; Painting: 16.5 x 13 inches, 42 x 33 cm. The buyer of this fine painting will receive a PDF file compilation of Jung Kwang Sunim's poems, and a bio. You'll laugh and cry when you read "Zen Poems 1".
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1051417 (stock #0670)
Korean Art and Antiques
You see the written characters su (longevity) and bok (happiness) paired together everywhere, on paintings, furniture, ceramics, textiles, etc., but this is likely the most delightful and creative allegory for the pair that you'll see. One painting depicts the god of longevity Namgungoin (literally, "south-country-old-man", another name for Suseongnoin, the Southern Star Spirit) riding a crane, another symbol of longevity. The South Pole Star Spirit's large head represents his great wisdom. The other painting is of beautiful butterflies, symbols of happiness, or good fortune. A wonderfully creative allegorical painting of su (longevity) and bok (happiness). Another level of meaning can be found in the painting of the Southern Star Spirit. Because the Southern Star (or the Southern Cross) cannot be seen from Korea but can be seen from China, only those who had traveled to China or who could read Chinese books knew about it. So to paint or own a Southern Star Spirit painting meant that you were educated or well-traveled, or both. Mineral pigments on paper. Each frame: 21 x 21 inches, 53 x 53 cm; Each painting: 12 inches, 30.5 cm diameter.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1028153 (stock #0601)
A magnificent Korean landscape like this needs a contemplative and appreciative soul to take it all in, and you'll find him here in the humble hut atop the bottom cliff. The standard 17th century manual of painting stated, "Figures should be painted in such a way that people, looking at the picture, wish that they could change places with them." The monk in this painting has taken a walk away from the temple in the higher part of the mountains to enjoy solitude under a tent with an awe-inspiring view. A good Korean mountain painting is more than a beautiful landscape; it is also a profound philosophical and spiritual statement. Heaven, Earth, and Humanity are represented. Mountain paintings are the most important paintings for traditional Korean artists. Most Korean homes and places of business have one proudly displayed in a place of prominence. Ink on paper. Frame size: 34.75 x 18.75 inches, 88 x 47.5 cm; Painting size: 24 x 13 inches, 61 x 33 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1960 item #1006521 (stock #0561)
Pomegranates Painting and Poem celebrating his 80th Birthday, by Kim Yong Jin (1879-1968). His paintings are collected and admired by Koreans for capturing the spiritual essence of the scholar gentleman. The pomegranates, with their many seeds, is a symbol of fertility or productivity or great bounty. An appropriate subject for one of Korea's most popular and beloved artists to portray as he celebrates his 80th year. Ink and colors on paper with a silk mount. There is a one-inch tear in the bottom right corner of the mount that can be very easily repaired (see the bottom right corner of photo #2 here). The rest of the mount, and the painting itself, is in Excellent Condition. Mounting: 81.5 x 17 inches, 207 x 43 cm; Painting: 52 x 13 inches, 132 x 33 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #906754 (stock #0392)
A Fine and Old Painting of Doksong (also spelled Toksong), Korea's Hermit Saint in a most beautiful landscape. This gorgeous painting has a phenomenal dark patina that could only have developed through years of ritual use and adds greatly to the contemplative beauty and serenity of this very special work of art. Doksong is pictured in an inspiring remote mountain forest, a Daoist style landscape where he seeks solitude and self-cultivation. His attire is that of a Buddhist monk. He is revered by Buddhists and Shamans. Paintings of Doksong are the most constant companions of Sanshin (Mountain God) paintings in the Sanshin-gak Shrine of Buddhist temples in Korea. Some temples even give Doksong his own shrine, the Doksong-gak. There is an old inscription at the bottom of the painting. Frame: 34.75 x 26 inches (88 x 66 cm), Painting: 29.75 x 21 inches (75.5 x 53.5 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #871363 (stock #0337)
Rare Antique Korean Spirit Shrine Painting (Kam Mo Yo Je Do). Spirit House Paintings are in the collections of several major museums. This painting would have been placed in a place of reverence in the home, and on the anniversary of an ancestor's death, a slip of paper with the ancestor's name would be placed on the blank space in the open doorway of the shrine in the painting and a ritual would have been performed in front of the painting. Kammo means 'to adore with deep emotion' and Yoje means 'to respectfully address the spirits as if they were at the ceremony', and Do means 'painting'. Ink on paper. Frame: 37.5 x 27 inches, 95 x 68.5 cm; Painting: 31 x 21 inches, 79 x 53.5 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1950 item #838636 (stock #0298)
Oil Painting by Park Deuk Soon (1910 - 1990), signed and dated 1949, with original frame. Park Deuk Soon studied in Tokyo with Ryohei Koizo and graduated from the Pacific Fine Arts School in 1938. He exhibited often at the National Art Exhibition and the Chosun Art Exhibition. He was also an educator and an active member of the Kukjeon, and served for a time as President of the Korean Painters Association. Frame: 23.5 x 19 inches, 59 x 48 cm; Painting: 17 x 12.25 inches, 43 x 31 cm.