#Orchids were one of the most popular subjects for scholar painters throughout Asia. The prized plants' delicate, elegant appearance made them symbols of refinement. The brush strokes used to create their leaves were also similar to that of calligraphy.
Hanging side-by-side in the Korea gallery are two Joseon dynasty scrolls, "Orchids" and "Orchids in Hanging Basket." The first painting was created by Yi Ha-ung, the father of King Gojong, who established the Korean empire near the end of the Joseon period. Coincidentally, the second painting was done by King Gojong's imperialist painter, Kim Gyu-jin. Kim was also notable for opening the first photography studio in Korea and being an influential figure who supported emerging artists during the period of Japanese colonial rule. You can see these two exquisite works through January 14, 2018.
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