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The mountain painter

Yoo Youngkuk became known as the 'Mountain Painter' because he was so taken with the mountainous landscapes of his native country Korea.

Abstract art

Even though he painted in an abstract manner, his work has a sense of depth and distance.

Magician of colors

Another nickname for Youngkuk was 'magician of colors'. Here the shadow of the mountain valleys was created with deep purple hues.

Mountain (Topography), Yoo Youngkuk, 1959

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The style

The blue-and-green style of this painting, which appears beautiful and luxurious, was often specially chosen to depict subjects of Daoist paradise, imperial parks, and past golden ages such as the Han (202 BCE-220 CE) and the Tang dynasties (618-907 CE).

The features

This work reveals many features of early narrative paintings in landscape settings from the Tang dynasty. The steep mountain forms are complex in structure, their surfaces filled with heavy washes of azurite, malachite, and ochre.

The clouds

White clouds encircle the mountains for a dramatic effect, while numerous peaks and hills are capped by lines of trees.

The trees

Even in the middle and foreground, which are clearly delineated, landscape forms are also embellished with vegetation and flowering trees.

The horses

Perhaps the most conspicuous aspect of this gorgeous landscape is the line of figures and horses making their way along the mountain path.

Emperor Ming Huang’s Journey to Shu, 618-907 CE

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