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Ten-panel folding screen affixed with album leaves (obverse), calligraphy (reverse), ink and color on silk
Overall: 117.7 x 335 cm (46 5/16 x 131 7/8 in.); Painting only: 164.5 x 43.6 cm (64 3/4 x 17 3/16 in.)
Bequest of Gordon K. Mott 1998.286
The way of displaying small images of various subjects became one of the most popular type of painting toward the end of the 19th century.
This screen depicts paintings on one side and poems on the other—an economical format often used in Korea to allow the viewer to enjoy both sides of one screen. The front features an assortment of bird-and-flower, landscape, and figural paintings executed according to the brush manner of more than 50 artists. A calligrapher has brushed several Chinese poems about the four seasons on the reverse side, among them "Composing in the Daytime of Summer" by Tang poet Liu Zongyuan (773–819) and "Composing when Spring Begins" by Song scholar Zhang Shi (1133–1180).
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