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Portrait of Oh Jae-Sun
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This portrait of the scholar-official Oh Jae-Sun was painted by the renowned portrait painter Yi Myeong-Gi when the sitter was 65 years of age. The portrait, with the sitter in a dignified pose wearing official dress, follows the late-18th-century style of portraying meritorious retainers. As the usually present floor mat is missing, there is no clear indication of a background or foreground space. The tiger skin on the back of the chair and the positioning of the feet on the stool also follow the style typical of the period. The numerous creases on the garment stress the indentations and movement of the fabric, with darkened areas indicating shade. In depicting the face, which was considered the most important part of a portrait, emphasis was placed on shading to realistically achieve the contours of the face rather than on minute brushwork. This work is considered as the most representative work for the meticulous expressions and detailing, done by the great portrait painter Yi Myeong-Gi during the Joseon Dynasty. It is designated as Korean Treasure No. 1493.

History of the Object
Oh Jae-Sun (1727 - 1792) was a high government official and scholar during the reign of King Jeongjo and was also a nephew of Oh Chan (1717 - 1751), a close friend to the painter Yi In-sang (1710 - 1760). There is an extant commentary on Yi In-sang’s painting, “Bukdong Ahoedo,” dated 1744.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Colors on silk 
Measurements
152.0 X 89.6 cm 
Creator name
Yi Myeong-gi 
Creator date
mid l8th - early 19th century 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
18th Century - 19th Century; late 18th - early 19th Century; Joseon Period 
Function
appreciation 
Acquisition
It is the official position of the Leeum Museum not to publish the provenance of its collection. 
Copyright
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art 
Museum
Leeum Samsung Museum of Art 
Credit line
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art 

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