Virtual Korea-Exhibition Series #13 - Chae Yongshin, Portrait of Emperor Gojong (1920)
Monday, September 28, 2020
Chae Yongshin, Portrait of Emperor Gojong (1920)
Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles (KCCLA/Director Wijin Park) presents the 13th video of Virtual Korea-Exhibition Series: The Collection Open Lecture "Chae Yongshin, Portrait of Emperor Gojong (1920)" by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA) from MMCA's YouTube channel.
This work is called Eojin (御眞), a portrait of a king. In the Joseon Dynasty, there was a system of Dohwaseo (a court painting institution) and court painters. Court painters produced portraits of royalty. Selected from the middle class, court painters were in charge of various royal duties related to art. One of the most important responsibilities was producing a portrait of the king. Chae Yongshin (artist name: Seokji), who was active from the late 19th and early 20th century, was from a family of military officials, belonging to yangban(ruling gentry). Although it is not known how he learned the skills of painting portraits, it is widely known that he took a very active part as the last portrait painter of the Joseon Dynasty in the last 19th century. A significant number of portraits are still preserved in the present day.
This Virtual Korea-Exhibition Series #13 video is about 8 minutes long, presented by Youn Bummo, Director of the MMCA.
Please enjoy this fascinating story of the last royal portrait painter of the Joseon Dynasty, an outstandingly significant painter in the history of Korean art.