Gim Eung- won
Gim Eung-won (1855-1921)
is hardly a household name,
or even a Google-able name
(with two hits -- one for the Art Institute -
and one for San Francisco Museum of Asian Arts)
But what an amazing 20th C. artist he was !
Gim was one of the original instructors
at the Academy of Painting and Calligraphy
founded in Seoul in 1911.
Does this feel uniquely 20th Century ?
Is there some intensity of thrill and anxiety (impending doom ?)
that might not be present in this 15th C. piece that was on display two years ago ?
Might painters from earlier eras
have felt that this came too close
to feeling like a big-black-ugly- blur ?