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Yi Gwang-sa

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
MEDIUM Hanging scroll: ink on paper
  • Place Made: Korea
  • DATES 18th century
    PERIOD Joseon Period
    DIMENSIONS 44 1/2 × 21 1/4 in. (113.0 × 54.0 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2022.37.2
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Carroll Family Collection
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Yi Gwangsa (aka Wongyo) was a student of the calligrapher Yun Sun (1680-1741). Like his teacher before him, Yi was the most celebrated calligrapher of his generation, and he is credited for establishing his own “Wongyo” style which was inspired by ancient Chinese prototypes. Like many calligraphy masters Yi argued that a looser, more personal style like the one seen in the writing of this poem could only be achieved after years of study of the more formulaic, classical forms passed down through history. The artist's portrait is in the National Museum of Korea:
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
    CAPTION Yi Gwang-sa (Korean). Poem, 18th century. Hanging scroll: ink on paper, 44 1/2 × 21 1/4 in. (113.0 × 54.0 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Carroll Family Collection, 2022.37.2 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2022.37.2_PS20.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 2022.37.2_PS20.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2023
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