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Ahn Hwi-Joon

in Oxford Art Online

Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI:

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(fl c. end of Silla period (57 bcad 668) to beginning of Unified Silla period (668–918).

Korean painter. Very little is known about his birth, life and family background, but records and anecdotes confirm that he was the most distinguished painter in ancient Korea. Of the several paintings attributed to him, that of an old pine tree, a wall painting in Hwang-yong Temple, constructed in the late 6th century at Kyŏngju, surpassed others. It is said that this tree was painted in such a realistic manner that birds knocked themselves against the wall while trying to fly into it. Besides this masterpiece he is said to have painted Avalokiteshvara in Punhwang Temple (built in the early 7th century, also in Kyŏngju), the portrait of the layman Vimalakirti in Tansok Temple at Chinju, South Kyŏngsang Province, and a portrait of Tangun, mythical founder of the Korean nation. Solgŏ is also said to have carved a set of three images of Avalokiteshvara. The conflicting dates of these works reflect the confusion over the material facts of his life. Though hardly any of the paintings of this era have survived, it can be assumed that popular subjects at that time were portraits of royalty, landscapes using mainly green and blue (Chin. ...

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Subjects: Painting ; East Asian Art

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