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Study on Aesthetic Awareness of Conveyance of Emotions in Unmi Min Young-Ik's Painting and Calligraphic Works

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2018, 53(), pp.163-195
  • DOI : 10.17527/JASA.53.0.05
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Published : February 28, 2018

KIM MYUNG JOO 1

1성균관대학교

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ABSTRACT

An artist embodies the style of his or her own through specific artworks by expressing his or her spirit of elegance in the works. Such style of elegance is expressed in Unmi's painting and calligraphic works in the form of orchid and bamboo. Underneath his works lies his awareness that his works are stirred by his emotions and sorrows. The painting and calligraphic works of Unmi specifically embodied such awareness as the aesthetics of sincere vitality. His art works reflect his awareness of fidelity and the real pride towards Jeodonggung Princess of Joseon Dynasty, which is his awareness of resistance with strong dignity and belief. Underneath his dignity and belief of benevolence and righteousness lies his conviction and victory towards himself. The simple brushstroke expressed in Unmi's paintings holds his mind and spirit of everlasting vitality. Unmi's emotion of grief followed by national ruins, namely the spirit of pride of scholars in the age of Joseon, were elegantly expressed in black ink. The feeling of deep agony and sorrow of a scholar in the turbulent age of Joseon was consistently expressed in the form of Nogeunran(露根蘭: orchids with exposed roots), vulnerable bamboo leaves and bluntly cut bamboo, which can also be regarded as his self-portrait. In other words, the images of Nogeunran and cut bamboo are embodiments of Unmi's spirit of righteousness and allegiance. Such awareness of Unmi reflects his spirit of Cheonsangmyodeuk(遷想妙得: acquiring the artistic idea through the full understanding and analysis of the subject).

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