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Title: Bamboo with Rocks
Date: ca. 1920
Medium: Hanging scroll: ink on satin
Dimensions: 51 15/16 x 15 3/4 in. (132 x 40 cm)
Credit Line: Acquired through the SIT / Kim International Fund
Object Number: 2006.063
Label Text: The famous late-Joseon period literati painter Kim Gyu-jin excelled at the traditional scholarly pursuits of painting and calligraphy, probably strengthened during his years of study in China from 1885 to 1893. He gained renown for his ink paintings of bamboo and orchids. In this painting Kim depicted an autumn evening scene featuring calm waters, bamboo and a rocky bank, modeled after a poem by Zhao Shixiu (1170–1219), a poet from China’s Southern Song period. Here Kim’s bamboo leaves are rendered with forceful brushwork and contrasting ink tones that add depth between the foreground’s darker bamboo and the background’s lighter ones. The bamboo stems in particular give the painting a feeling of liveliness. ("Tradition, Transmission, and Transformation in East Asian Art," curated by Cornell PhD student Yuhua Ding under the supervision of Ellen Avril and presented at the Johnson Museum January 23-June 12, 2016)

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