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Portrait of Seo Jik-Su
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

A standing portrait such as this one is quite rare in Korea. Yi achieved the three-dimensional effect for the face of the famous scholar Seo Jik-su using a shading technique which he created by repeating fine brush strokes. The depiction of the drapery with ample folds by use of a shading technique is also one of the characteristics of portraiture of the latter half of the 18th century. The strong contrast between the white socks and the black hat and the belt around the chest leaves a lasting impression on the viewer.

History of the Object
The inscription by Seo on the painting informs us that the court painter Yi-Myeong-gi painted the face while Kim Hong-do completed the rest of the body.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Ink and light color on silk 
Measurements
72.4X148.8cm 
Creator name
Kim Hong-do, Yi Myeong-gi 
Creator date
Kim Hong-do(1745-after1806), Yi Myeong-gi(1756-?) 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century; 1796; Joseon 
Function
painting 
Acquisition
This object was purchased by the Royal Yi family from an art dealer in 1916, and the ownership was transferred to the National Museum of Korea in 1969. 
Copyright
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Korean Government 
Museum
National Museum of Korea 
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