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“Hwajodo”, “Flowers and birds”
MG 15581
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Painted in silver on a dark blue silk background, this screen was most probably made for the royal palace. Spread across ten panels, the work majestically develops the traditional theme of “flowers and birds” (“Hwajodo”), one of the highly prized genres of academic painting. This screen shows the extent to which the peninsula was able to maintain its own tradition to the end and, at the same time, form a harmonic synthesis with Western influence imported through Peking.

History of the Object
The ten panels were given to the Museum by Victor Collin de Plancy, French Ambassador to the Court of Seoul, at the time of King Gojong (1863-1907). The order of the panels were given at the back in Chinese characters, from one to ten. The screen was mounted by French restorers for the installation of the Korean gallery at the Guimet Museum in 2001, with the support of the Korea Foundation.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Colours on silk 
Measurements
Width 420 cm. Length 197 cm.  
Creator name
Yi Han-Ch’ol 
Creator date
19th Century; 1808 - ? 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century 
Function
decorative 
Acquisition
Gift of Victor Collin de Plancy, 1891 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, France 
Museum
Musée National des arts asiatiques Guimet 
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