The National Museum of Korea has presented 77 artworks and antiques from late Samsung Group Chairman Lee Kun-hee's art collection and experts agree that the most important masterpiece is Joseon-era painter Jeong Seon's "Clearing after Rain on Mount Inwang".
Jeong Seon is a landscape painter who opened up the Jinkyung era of depicting realistic landscapes, departing from the traditional Chinese style of depicting the subject conceptually.
"The latter Joseon Dynasty had gone through chaotic times after several wars, and to lift the country's identity and self-esteem, the new Jinkyung trend of seeing Joseon's own nature was founded, and Jeongseon was the pioneer of it."
"To him, Mount Inwang was a nearby hill. He knew every corner and fact about the mountain, how the waterfall is made when the rain comes, and it is significant that he drew what he actually saw on the canvas."
Right next to the masterpiece lies court painter Kim Hongdo's "Sound of Autumn".
This is a scene from "Ode to the Sound of Autumn" written by Song-era politician and writer Ouyang Xiu.
"Kim Hongdo portrays the sorrow and desolate feelings of the elderly. On the painting's left is Kim's writing of the poetry, and this artpiece is assumed to be the last dated piece of his extensive works."
Another 58 artpieces have been displayed at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art,including Lee Sangbeom's "Peach Blossom Spring" and Chang Uc-chin's "Jacks". These show the early painting styles of these artists.
The most noteworthy piece is "Women and Jars" by Korean abstract painting pioneer Kim Whanki.
"This large decorative wall painting with its unique pastel-tone background shows Kim's painting style during his prime time in Seoul before he went to New York."
Bulls are commonly seen as symbols of patience and endurance, and Lee Jungseop's masterpieces "Bull" and "White Bull", showing powerful images as if to start everything anew after the Korean War, are another highlight of the exhibition.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang news.