Art of Korea

Water-Moon Avalokiteśvara, first half of the 14th century, ink and color on silk, image 114.5 x 55.6 cm (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
This exquisite example of a Goryeo Buddhist painting depicts the bodhisattva on his mountain-island abode.

Water-Moon Avalokiteśvara

Portrait of Sin Sukju, second half of the 15th century, hanging scroll, ink and color on silk, 167 x 109.5 cm, Goryeong Sin Family Collection, Cheongwon, Treasure no. 613.
Sin Sukju’s attire and posture may be formulaic, but the face is definitely his—wrinkles and all.

Portrait of Sin Sukju

Song Su-Nam, Summer Trees, 1979, ink on paper, 2 feet 1-5/8 inches high (British Museum) © Song Su-Nam
In title and medium, Song’s contemporary ink-wash painting looks back to the poetic landscape tradition.

Song Su-Nam, Summer Trees