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Very Rare Pair of Orchid and Rock Paintings by Kim Eung Won 1855-1921

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Very Rare Pair of Orchid and Rock Paintings by Kim Eung Won aka Soho (1855-1921). This is the only pair of Kim Eung Won paintings we have ever seen offered for sale. Orchids are an ancient Korean symbol of purity, modesty, and virtue. The rock symbolizes eternity, so the combination of orchids and rock have the meaning of eternal adherence to principle. Talented painters of orchids were and still are held in the highest regard. Though Daewongun (Prince Yi Ha Eung) is often cited as the greatest painter of orchids, most scholars now agree that it was Kim Eung Won aka Soho (1855-1921) who was painting many of the paintings for which the prince Daewongun took credit and which Daewongun signed. Daewongun was, of course, a fine painter of orchids, but most agree now that Kim Eung Won may deserve the title of greatest. His paintings sell for a fraction of the price of Daewongun's paintings, at least for now. That can be expected to change as the general public catches up with the scholarship on the subject. Ink on paper. Each Painting: 50 x 12 inches, 128 x 31 cm. (A much smaller Daewongun painting recently sold at Christie's for $12,500 on March 18, 2014).