Artist famed for figure painting

Date: 10/02/2019 | Source: Pyongyang Times | Read original version at source

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Kim Hong Do (1745-?) was a famous painter who distinguished himself as a typical figure of the nation’s realistic painting circles in the latter half of the 18th century.

As he had demonstrated his unusual painting skills since his childhood, he secured even a government position as the magistrate of a county.

He gradually paved his way for creating the realistic genre painting which reflects the reality by breaking the old painting style of aristocrats.

He depicted the creative work and optimistic life of people in his pictures on various themes and by employing various painting techniques and derided the corrupt life of feudal government officials and other loafers.

His typical works include “Smithy”, “House Building” and “Washing Place”.

Each one starkly shows the social status, occupation, age and personality of characters and their inner world and gives a vivid representation of the phases of the times in those days.

In particular, the depiction of objects with bold and fine strokes and powerful lines is a clear evidence of his dexterous brushwork.

He also produced many masterpieces comprising all kinds of drawings, including portrait and landscape painting, print and religious picture, to say nothing of figure and genre paintings.

He is known as a master painter who opened up a new phase for painting circles in the period of the feudal Joson dynasty between 18th and 19th century, and his posthumous works belong to the priceless art wealth of the nation.

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