“Korea was known as The Kingdom of Joseon from 1392 to 1897. It was a Confucianism-dominated era and distinct social classes existed among the population. The Still Life of a Study Room illustrates the books, papers, brushes, and furniture that belonged to the classical scholars of the ruling elite. People believed that knowledge would lead to prosperity in one’s life so these types of drawings were often given to children in the hope of ensuring them a bright future. This style of still life painting is called ‘Chaekgado’ and it represents success in life and career.”
Artwork by Haesuk Jung – Seoul, South Korea. Learn more about Haesuk Jung, his work, and our collaboration for the R. Culturi collection.
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