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.
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1051417 (stock #0670)
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 #1079819 (stock #0780)
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19th Century Hwajodo Bird and Flower Screen Painting filled with beauty and symbolism. The geese, swallows, sparrows, chickens, and yellow sparrows are all paired here to symbolize love. The peonies are a symbol of love and prosperity. The rocks in each painting are a symbol of eternity. So peonies with rocks combine to grant wishes for eternal love. The yellow sparrows have special symbolism. The word for yellow sparrows is hwangjak, which sounds like hwanjak, meaning great pleasure and profound happiness. Geese mate for life and are a symbol of marital fidelity. The rooster and hen are ancient guardian figures. The swallow is a symbol of beauty and delight. This screen would have been displayed at a wedding, and then moved to the couple's home for them to cherish all of their lives. Colors on silk. Total Dimensions: 97 x 60.5 inches, 246.5 x 153.5 cm; Each Painting: 31.75 x 11.5 inches, 81 x 29 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1085841 (stock #0784)
Painting of Bamboo and Lily Pads by Song Won. The poem on this painting reads, "The inner calm contrasts wonderfully with the outer blooming glory". In Korea, the bamboo is an ancient symbol of wisdom and resilience, because it bends rather than breaks in a strong wind. Ink on paper. Frame: 54.5 x 17.75 inches, 139 x 45 cm; Painting: 43 x 12 inches, 109 x 30.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1093995 (stock #0825)
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Chaekkori, paintings depicting books and scholar's items, are abundant with symbols of diligence, motivation, good fortune and virtue. Chaekkori are uniquely Korean, despite the fact that many of the items depicted in a Chaekkori are Chinese. The Joseon Dynasty Korean scholar had much respect for Chinese art and learning, but expressed that admiration in a uniquely Korean manner through Chaekkori. We see items here that indicate refined comfort, but more important than the sense of gentility that is conveyed, is the ideal of self-improvement to which everyone could aspire: rich or poor, young or old. Though the items depicted were not readily available to the poor, the Chaekkori could inspire them nonetheless. Adults enjoyed them, but they would also be placed in children's rooms to teach them the value and beauty of culture and learning. French artists as early as the 1880's saw ideas in this genre that they imported into their own art. Frame: 29 x 16.75 inches, 73.5 x 42.5 cm; Painting: 23.75 x 11.5 inches, 60.5 x 29 cm. Mineral pigments on old hand-woven silk.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1105040 (stock #0838)
1971 Oil Painting by Choi Young Rim. Frame: 30 x 24 inches, 76 x 61 cm; Painting: 20 x 15 inches, 51 x 38 cm.
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Korean Temple Painting of Jijang (the Bodhisattva of Hell) with the Seven Stars Spirit (Chilseong), with original temple inscription. This painting came from the Myonbu-jon Hall of the Underworld of a large Buddhist temple. The center figure in this painting is Jijang Bosal (Sanskrit: Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva), who postponed his own ascension to Heaven to relieve and rescue souls from Hell. He holds in his left hand the cintamani wish-granting pearl that lights up the darkness of Hell. The seven figures to his left and the seven figures to his right represent Chilseong, the Seven Stars Spirit of the Big Dipper. Chilseong controls people's destinies. To Jijang's left in the front row is the monk Tao-ming (Korean: Tomyong) who was once a Tang prince, and to Jijang's right in the front row is the demon king Poisonless (Korean: Mudok Kwiwang). The painting is in good condition. The frame is is partially separated from the painting. This is easy to repair, but we have not done so, as you may want to replace the frame. The frames on Korean Buddhist temple paintings are almost never original, as they were not framed originally, so it is perfectly fine to replace the frame. Colors on silk. Frame: 53.75 x 46.25 inches, 136.5 x 117.5 cm; Painting: 45.75 x 37.75 inches, 116 x 96 cm.
Landscape Oil Painting by Korean Artist Seon Gyu Kim.For centuries in Korea, a rendering of a mountain and river (called Sansu in Korean) has always been more than a beautiful landscape; it is also a profound philosophical and spiritual statement. Heaven and Earth are represented by the mountain and river, respectively. Frame: 26 x 22.5 inches, 66 x 57 cm; Painting: 16 x 12 inches, 40.5 x 30.5 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1152639 (stock #0938)
Delightful Pair of Paintings of Korean Children Playing by Cho Dang. Ink and colors on paper. Each Frame: 26 x 20 inches, 66 x 51 cm; Each Painting: 17.5 x 13.5 inches, 44.5 x 34.25 cm. Newly framed and silk mounted.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1182948 (stock #1018)
Colorful Antique Korean Folk Painting of Butterflies, the ancient Korean symbol of happiness. Frame: 22.5 x 22.5 inches, 57 x 57 cm; Painting: 12.5 x 12.5 inches, 31.75 x 31.75 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1182949 (stock #1019)
Autumn Fragrance Painting by Bo Jeong. A delightful painting that evokes the mood and fragrance of Autumn with Fall flowers: chrysanthemums, pampas grass, and holly. Frame: 22.5 x 14.5 inches, 57 x 37 cm; Painting: 12 x 10 inches, 30.5 x 25.5 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1198725 (stock #1049)
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Large and Powerful Waterfall Painting by Korean Artist Kim Kyung Soo aka Zi Jae. For centuries in Korea, a rendering of a mountain and river (called Sansu in Korean) has always been more than a beautiful landscape; it is also a profound philosophical and spiritual statement. Heaven and Earth are represented by the mountain and river, respectively. Frame: 60.5 x 33.5 inches, 153.5 x 85 cm; Painting: 51 x 25.5 inches, 130 x 65 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1254622 (stock #1131)
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Ode to Autumn, fan painting by one of Korea's most famous contemporary artists who worked in the traditional style, Lee Nam Ho aka Geum Chu (1908-2001), beautifully framed and newly silk mounted. The sparrow sings to the beautiful flower of autumn, the camellia, an ancient symbol of faithfulness in Korea. The bamboo on the right is a symbol of resilience and integrity. When faced with a strong wind, the bamboo bends but does not break, just as the person with determination and principle, even when pressed down, doesn't give up and resumes their upright posture. The rock is a symbol of eternity, so when it is with the bamboo and camellia, it is a poetic representation of eternal adherence to principle and undying faithfulness. Ink and colors on paper. Frame: 34.75 x 19 inches (88.25 x 48.25 cm), Painting: 22.5 x 11.5 inches (57 x 29 cm).
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1279994 (stock #1183)
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Poem and Painting of Roses by Chang Woo Sung aka Weoljeon 1912-2005. There is a beautiful museum in Icheon, Korea dedicated to the art of Chang Woo Sung, the Woljeon Museum. This wonderful work of art is masterfully executed in the boneless technique of painting without outlines. This is a fine example of Woljeon's distinctive style and ability to make flora feel alive. You can actually feel the roses blooming and reaching out to you. Chang was an important, influential painter who modernized traditional Korean art, using brief yet powerful strokes and fresh, light colors. To our knowledge, this is the only example of Woljeon's painting that has been offered for sale in the United States, so this is a rare opportunity to own a great painting by one of the most revered masters of Korean painting. Watercolor on paper. Frame: 30.5 x 27 inches, 77.5 x 68.5 cm; Painting: 21 x 17.5 inches, 53.25 x 44.5 cm. A painting in the same style and size by Chang Soo Sung was estimated at $4000 - $6000 in the Christie's April 27, 1993, Sale of Korean Works of Art. The 5th photo here is of the Christie's painting, and the 6th photo is the description from the Christie's catalogue.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1279997 (stock #1184)
Painting of Scholar Under Moonlit Plum Blossoms by Park No Soo aka Nam Jeong (1927-2013). Just the first page of a google search reveals both the renown that Park No Soo enjoyed internationally, and the adoration he received locally in Korea. His minimal style and palette is instantly recognizable, and this beautiful, contemplative painting is a fine example of his inimitable, expressive brushwork, from the silvery-blue sliver of a moon, to the unique rendering of orchids and rocks. The orchid is an ancient symbol of virtue, and the rocks symbolize eternity. The combination had great meaning to Korean scholars, as it symbolized eternal devotion to your principles. The plum blossoms are a symbol of courage, because they bloom early, before winter is finished. The Park No Soo Museum opened in 2013 in Seoul's Jongno District, Jongno's first public museum. Park No Soo was a student of Yi Sang Beom, who was a student of An Jung Sik, who was a student of Jang Seung Eop, the very best possible lineage of Korean art royalty. Watercolors on paper. Frame: 23 x 18.5 inches, 58.5 x 47 cm; Painting: 13.5 x 9 inches, 34.25 x 23 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1280118 (stock #1187)
A very fine example of a Joseon Dynasty Korean tiger hunting painting, that makes use of the best quality pigments and finest silk, and is rendered with the highest level of artistry and skill, likely by a painter from the royal court. A similar painting recently sold at auction in Korea for $5500. Unique to Korea, almost all Korean hunting paintings depict hunters in Mongolian costume. In spite of the Mongols' brutal occupation of Korea in the 13th Century, Koreans maintained great admiration for Mongolian hunting and equestrian skills. This painting is one of a pair. The other painting is on this website (Stock #1186). Scroll: 50 x 17 inches (127 x 43 cm); Painting: 27 x 13 inches (68.5 x 33 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1300937 (stock #1201)
Geese and Reeds Painting (Noando) by Yang Ki Hun aka Seokyeon (1843-1897) from Pyeongyang. Yang Ki Hun's signature 'boneless' style (painting without outlines, using ink washes) beautifully captures light and shade. The literal meaning of 'noando' is reed and geese painting, but it is a play on words, as 'no' means both reed and old, and 'an' means both geese and comfort ('do' means painting). So 'noan' can mean 'reed and geese' or 'old comfort', and so a painting of geese and reeds symbolized a wish for a comfortable and peaceful old age. This particular painting has further meaning because it depicts a pair of geese. Geese were believed to mate for life, so this painting symbolizes eternal love, and the wish for a couple to grow old together in peace and comfort. Yang Ki Hun was a member of the Royal Academy of Painting in the late 19th Century, toward the end of the Joseon Dynasty. He made a living by painting for the king and his court, and also by selling his paintings in Pyeongyang. He was the most well-known of the provincial painters who, because of the increase in the economic power of the provinces in the late 19th Century, and the accompanying demand for paintings, were able to make or supplement income by selling their paintings locally. Here are two great quotes from Yang Ki Hun's contemporary, the painter and calligrapher Chi Un Yeong (aka Paekryeon): "Yang Ki Hun's paintings stir up my jealousy because they seem completely freed from all ideas and restraints". And after Seokyeon (Yang Ki Hun) passed away, Chi Un Yeong wrote, "Seokyeon told me that when he stayed on Neungna Island for a few years some time ago, he often saw geese fly in and land on a reed field, so he was able to paint them in a realistic way. His words still linger vividly in my ears. I remember playing with him thirty years ago in the Taedong River, and it seems so far away and dream-like." Ink on silk. Silk Mounting: 85.5 x 17.75 inches, 217 x 45 cm; Painting: 52 x 12 inches, 132 x 30.5 cm.