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Portrait of a Young Officer

Portrait of a Young Officer

젊은 관료 초상


Chae Yongshin 채용신

(Korean, 1848-1941)

Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

Overall: 156.4 x 87.3 cm (61 9/16 x 34 3/8 in.); Painting only: 127 x 71.1 cm (50 x 28 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2020.259


Did you know?

It was European photography introduced to Korea in the end of the 19th century that most inspired Chae’s naturalistic approach to his subject.


Wearing a dark-green court uniform, a man is seated in a chair covered with a leopard skin, a gift from the royal court to a newly appointed officer. The embroidered rank badge with a design of a single flying crane identifies the sitter’s bureaucratic status: the third ranked officer. In this work, the painter Chae Yongshin (1848-1941) rendered a young officer’s shy smile, giving a glimpse into his mixed feelings of confidence and anxiety about upcoming bureaucratic career.

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Korean Art
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