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General View of Inner Geumgang; One leaf from the Album of Gyeomjae Jeong Seon

Jeong Seon (artist name: Gyeomjae) Korean

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This overview composition was an innovation of Jeong’s to which he returned throughout his career. His repeated experimentation with the format—varying the size, orientation, sites included or accorded prominence, complexity of brushwork, and degree of stylization—evidences the depth of his artistic and intellectual interest in its inherent possibilities. The horizontality of this piece presents a looser and less compacted experience, encouraging the eye to meander through the scenery. Here, the dark shading around the rocky peaks gives a more pronounced chiaroscuro effect.

This album had been in the collection of St. Ottilien Archabbey in Germany for some eighty years until its return to South Korea in 2006. As with all works in the exhibition, this painting is making its North American debut.

General View of Inner Geumgang; One leaf from the Album of Gyeomjae Jeong Seon, Jeong Seon (artist name: Gyeomjae) (Korean, 1676–1759), Album leaf; ink and light color on silk, Korea

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