Zuyoung Chung

Gallery 175

The Confucian emphasis on “pursuit of tradition” has laid a subconscious guilt trip on contemporary Korean art. Straying far from the tradition of ink painting on hanji (Korean paper), the country’s primary art form aside from ceramics until the early twentieth century, contemporary artists have been greatly influenced by Western modernism. By contrast, Zuyoung Chung’s mountain landscapes are masterful hybrids of native style and the adopted tradition of oil painting.

Chung has painted landscapes since her school days in Düsseldorf and Amsterdam, when she sketched abstracted pastoral scenes. When she first switched to Korean terrain, she took her cues from ink paintings by Kim Hong-do, the eighteenth-century landscape and folk painter, and by Chong Son, the seventeenth- to eighteenth-century master of mountain landscapes. In this early stage, she typically copied a section of one of their

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