2020 Korean Culture Day Online Project
Korean Art @ Home -MINHWA Episode 1
'Minhwa, Images filled with happiness'
This first episode will be covering a brief overview of Korean Minhwa, an introduction to the lecturer, Ms. Yong Soon Choi (Minhwa artist), materials and usage methods of Minwha, and basic technique of replication.
By definition, Minhwa is "painting of the people" or "popular painting". This type of painting was often the work of anonymous craftsmen who faithfully adhered to the styles, canons, and genres inherited from the past. Minhwa also involved a magical dimension. They were believed to possess beneficial virtues and to protect the owner and his family from evil forces. They feature popular themes such as cranes, rocks, water, clouds, the sun, moon, pine-trees, tortoises, insects, and flowers.
Minhwa is a traditional type of art that was popular in the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th century in Joseon. Until now, Minhwa was known to merely mimic the styles of the past, without reflections of the artist's originality. Nowadays, modern Minhwa art embraces the artists’ own colors and contemporary trends while maintaining traditional ways.