Korea, Japanese colonial period
Ten-panel folding screen; ink on paper
Each panel: 128.9 x 33 cm (50 3/4 x 13 in.); Each panel framed: 194.3 x 47.6 cm (76 1/2 x 18 3/4 in.)
Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2022.91
The artist’s prolific artistic production were a major part of fundraising efforts to support resistance activities for Korea’s independence.
Active during the Japanese colonial period in Korea (1910–45), the artist Jin-woo Kim earned his artistic reputation for his expressive renditions of bamboo swaying in a strong wind. His piercing bamboo shoots are often compared to an iron spear, and their sharp leaves to a knife. It is believed that he deliberately emphasized sharpness in his brushstrokes to express his strong resistance against Japanese colonial oppression.
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