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Yu Sŏng-ŭp

Henrik H. Sørensen

in Oxford Art Online

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

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( fl second half of 16th century).

Korean painter . Active in the middle of the Chosŏn period (1392–1910), he was a disciple of Yi Chŏng-kŭn (b 1531), to whom he was said to be related. By tradition Yi Chŏng-Kŭn was the founder of the Southern school of painting in Korea. This style of painting was modelled on such Chinese masters as Mi Fu and other landscape painters of the Northern Song period (960–1127). The flourishing of the Southern school of painting in Korea was a phenomenon of the mid-17th century; it is thus clearly an anachronism to connect Yi Chŏng-kŭn in any direct way with the Zhe school. Yu Sŏng-ŭp supposedly inherited Yi’s style of painting, but as none of Yu’s works survive, it is difficult to establish such a link. He is usually grouped with Yi Hong-kyu (b 1568) and Yi Ki-ryŏng (b 1600), painters who are also considered to have inherited the style of Yi Chŏng-kŭn. Yu Sŏng-ŭp is said to have visited Japan during the second part of the 16th century, probably as part of a diplomatic mission before the Toyotomi Hideyoshi invasions of Korea and the Imjin War (...

Reference Entry.  307 words. 

Subjects: Painting ; East Asian Art

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