석지 채용신 학자 초상
石芝 蔡龍臣 學者肖像
Portrait of a scholar
- Chae Yongsin (artist name: Seokji) (ASA) (Korean, 1850–1941)
- dated by inscription to 1924
- Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
- Image: 38 1/8 × 21 1/8 in. (96.8 × 53.7 cm)
Overall with mounting: 48 × 24 7/16 in. (121.9 × 62.1 cm)
Overall with knobs: 48 × 24 3/4 in. (121.9 × 62.9 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2012
- Accession Number:
Although the sitter in this portrait is not identified, his black-trimmed white robe and double-tiered hat with three peaks identify him as a scholar in informal garb. Quite unusual, he sits kneeling, rather than cross-legged like the gentleman in the adjacent portrait.
Chae’s works incorporate the conventions of both traditional ancestral portraiture and modern photography, such as a heightened realism and a studio-set background that included a painted folding screen. Indeed, he often painted from photos, especially as age limited his mobility; this portrait may very well have had a photographic, rather than live, model.