Korean Art and Antiques

Mountain, Sun and Moon Painting by Korean Buddhist Monk Su An Sunim

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Korean: Paintings: Pre 1980: Item # 1393319

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This is a brilliant Zen Buddhist rendering of the ancient theme of mountain, sun and moon, by the famous Korean Buddhist monk painter poet Su An Sunim (born 1940), on speckled paper in a wood frame with beautiful two-tone grain. All Joseon Dynasty kings for 500 years had a mountain, sun and moon screen painting displayed behind their throne. You always see this in Korean historical dramas. More than just a representation of the sun and moon and appearing in the sky at the same time, this theme represents the principle of yin and yang. The moon is yin and the sun is yang. Additionally, in ancient Korean shamanism, the sun and moon are guardian gods. The recent exhibition of Su An Sunim's work at the Zen Buddhist Temple in New York City was the most highly-attended exhibition ever presented by the Korean Art Society. At that exhibition, Su An Sunim's works of similar size and quality sold for multiples of the prices we are asking here. Ink and colors on paper. Frame: 32.5 x 26.5 inches, 82.5 x 67 cm; Painting: 25.5 x 19.5 inches, 65 x 50 cm. The third photo here shows a wall label from that exhibition with a price of $2000 for a similar painting. That painting is smaller than the Su An painting we are offering here.