By introducing artists who created their art in the same place for more than 30 years, this book helps readers understand the history, era, customs and life of commoners in Korea.
- Book Intro
As a new attempt in Korean art publishing, the book examines the places where art pieces were created and the time when artists created their works from the perspective of humanities.
Van Gogh created a number of masterpieces in Arles. Just like him, there were many Korean artists who depicted the same places in their artwork over a long time. As they lived such an intense life, their artwork is as touching as that of Gogh. Depicting a place is also an attempt to describe the era. That was exactly what Gogh did.
Along with interesting stories, this book introduces the works of ten Korean artists who represent certain places and eras. All of them left a clear mark on the art world of Korea. Their works are as impressive as the intense life they lived. The writings of the author reflect his affection for them and their works.
Joseon's representative painter Gyeomjae Jeongseon (Inwangsan mountain), three masters of late Joseon's literati painting, Heo RyeonㆍHeo Hyeong ㆍHeo Geon (Jindo Island), Jeon Hyeokrim (Tongyeong), Kang Yobae (Jeju island), and Lee Jonggu (Oji town) are those who depicted the environment and residents of their hometowns in their works. Their works are more than the best landscape paintings: they sometimes truly reflect the spirit of the times, and sometimes show the artists' affection towards their hometowns, which give happiness to viewers.
Park Daeseong (Gyeongju) interested in the history of thousands of years, and Hwang Jaehyeong (Taebaek), who wanted to be a miner, found second hometowns and settled down there. As they intentionally chose to live in those cities, their works touch us more deeply. The author explains the architectural histories of Bulguksa temple and Seokguram grotto and the works of Park in chronological order. Hwang almost lost his sight while working at the blind end of a mine. He created Minjung artwork in Taebaek for 34 years and had commercial success.
Seo Yongseon (Yeongwol) reflects the sad story of King Danjong, who was killed by his uncle, in his works. Nobody showed interest in alleys of Seoul, but the photographer Kim Gichan takes pictures of such alleys to make a record of them. Song Chang tries to shed light on the modern history of Korea with his paintings of the Imjingang river.
The author also adds a sense of place (Korea) to the pine, the tree loved by Koreans, introducing Kim Gyeongin and Lee Gilrae who mainly use the pine as a motif of art.
- About the Author
Lim Jongup (M) worked for the Hankyoreh, the most progressive newspaper in Korea, for about 30 years. Lim was in charge of editing the newspaper and collecting news information for the book, film and art fields. He thinks he worked happily with great people. Books written by Lim include Giving a Title to a News Article, Writers of Korea, and The Humanities Trip to Art Village. He is often scolded by his wife and daughter for buying books that he thinks will be useful in the future. He thinks ordinary people are the masters of the world. His interest lies in people, events, and relics that haven't got people's attention.
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