Still life with bronze vessels and flowering plants

Attributed to Jang Seung-eop (pen name: Owon) Korean

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Still-life paintings of antique vessels with flowering plants and fruits emerged as a distinct Korean art form (gimyeong jeoljido) in the nineteenth century. The bronzes depicted on this screen are stylized, exaggerated versions of late Qing period (1644–1911) Chinese examples. The vessels were known in Korea through imported collectibles and their representation in Chinese paintings, prints, and lithographs.

The work is a rare example of turn-of-the-twentieth-century still-life painting in the screen format. The leftmost panel bears the signature and seal of Jang Seungeop, the leading court artist of the time. Students and others signed for the illiterate master, and some works attributed to Jang may be collaborations or by his immediate followers.

Still life with bronze vessels and flowering plants, Attributed to Jang Seung-eop (pen name: Owon) (Korean, 1843–1897), Ten-panel folding screen; ink on paper, Korea

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