About Shin yun bok the great artist of Joseon

Posted On August 25, 2010

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Shin Yun bok, better known by his pen name Hyewon, (born 1758) was a Korean painter of the Joseon Dynastyy. Like his contemporaries Danwon and Geungjae, he is known for his realistic depictions of daily life in his time. His genre paintings are distinctly more erotic than Danwon’s, a fact which contributed to his act of expelling from the royal painting institute, Dohwaseo. Painting was frequently a hereditary occupation in the Joseon period, and Hyewon’s father and grandfather had both been court painters. Together with Danwon and the later painter Owon, Hyewon is remembered today as one of the “Three Won” of Joseon-period painting.

Not much is known about Shin Yun-bok’s life. He was the son of royal court painter Hanpyeong, who had participated in painting the royal portraits of Yeongjo and Jeongjo. Hyewon reached the official rank of cheomjeoljesa (officer) at the Dohwaseo and was adept at different styles of painting; genre, landscape, and animals. It is speculated that he left a great number of paintings due to the popularity of genre paintings during that era. There are different studies and theories regarding his life, that he may not have ever been a member of the Dohwaseo (Dohwaseo was a governmental office in charge of all affairs on pictures, playing a role of employing and training an artist) nor was he on close terms with Kim Hong-do who was also one of great artists at that time.

Shin Yun-bok, despite being greatly influenced and overshadowed by Kim Hong-do during his career, developed his own unique technique and artistry. Along with Kim Hong-Do, he is known foremost for his genre paintings of the Joseon era. Whereas Kim depicted everyday life of peasants with a humorous touch, Shin showed glimpses of eroticism in his paintings of townspeople and gisaeing (sometimes called ginyeo, were female Korean entertainers. Gisaeng are artists who work to entertain others, such as the yangbans (The yangban were part of the traditional ruling class or nobles of dynastic Korea during the Joseon Dynasty.) and kings. His choice of characters, composition, and painting method differed from Kim’s, with use of bright colors and delicate paint strokes. He also painted scenes of shamanism and townlife, offering insight to lifestyle and costumes of the late Joseon era. His ink landscape paintings used clear light strokes in a method similar to that of Yoon Jehong , the pioneer in new style painting of the late Joseon era. He is also known to not have used the traditional method of leaving empty space in his paintings, usually filling the whole canvas. Although he placed short verse and his seal on most of his paintings, none indicate the neither date nor time of their creation and it is difficult to define the progression of his painting style. As one of the pillars of genre painting in the Joseon era, he influenced many other painters afterwards. His album, Hyewon pungsokhwacheop, contains 30 of his paintings and was designated the 135th National Treasure of South Korea  in 1970.

“Portrait of a Beauty”

“Scenery on Dano day

“Holding a drinking bout”

“Resounding Geomungo, praiseworthy lotus”

“One amusing spring day in a field

“Dance with two knives

“Lovers under the moon”

“A young boy plucking an


About Myself

Posted On August 24, 2010

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Hi! My name is Dong Ae Kim! I’m from Korea, but I was born and still live in Jakarta. Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia, which is one of  tropical countries in Asia. Now I am 14 years old. My birthday is 22nd of  March 1996. Right now I’m studying in Singapore International School for secondary two. By the way I want to talk about ‘My life’, ‘My hobby’, and ‘My Family’.

First  let me tell you  about ‘My life’. Ever since I was born,  I’ve been so fortunate. I was born in one of the hospitals  in Jakarta as the first child. I get a lot of love from my parents. Every improvement I made, delighted my parents. I spent my kindergarten in Jakarta too. Before I went to Korean Kindergarten, I entered English Kindergarten. Truly, the life when I was in Kindergarten was lively and full of  happiness. But it was absolutely changed when I entered elementary school. I always had to do homework and took a lot of assignments and  examinations. Those made me really tired. Indeed  to be  a student  has to be tired. Up to now which is in middle school, still I have to do a lot of work. My daily activity is only going to School and studying, going for lesson places and studying and comingback home and studying, over and over . But not only boring and stressful thing  happen in my life,   I can also enjoy myself as a student. I can play with my friends and talk about enjoyful things with them everyday. It’s really different different from adults who need to think about their family and work.  Moreover,  there is much special right for student. We can wear different  interesting fashion which isn’t  boring cloth  like adult wear. We, as a child, almost never think much for the cloth  we wear or money we have and other things that need in human life. Those are all provided by our parents. I think my life is really nice.  Eventhough  studying is kind of  boring , but I know that studying is my duty as a student.


secondly I want to talk about my hobby. I like to do a lot of things as my hobbies. Travelling is one of my hobbies. I have visited Bali, Lombok, Bandung, Yogya, Lampung and some parts of  cities in Indonesia. I also have visited Malaysia, Canada, Singapore and Korea which is my home country. From travelling, I get a lot of experiences and knowledge about different culture, custom, tradition, and food in different part of the world. Besides travelling I like reading. I like to read many kinds of book. For example comic books, novel, magazine etc… Trough reading I  get a lot of  information and knowledge in different kinds of subject. And reading comic book makes me feel happy and by the time I read this, I can enjoy myself. Reading helps me to get a lot of sources to write some essay in school. Reading helps me improve my life skills and point of view and way of life. Sometime I like to  play music instruments. I play piano and violin. Playing music and hearing music help me relax from tired and  tense.

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Lastly I want to talk about my family. My father is Young sang Kim. He is 48 years old and he is a business men. As a business man, he is very busy. He starts his day at 6 o’clock and finished at 9 o’clock. After his work is done, he always spends his time with us by helping and checking our homework or watching television with us. He also likes to talk about our day. I think he is very good and gentle father for us. My mother is Min Gyu Kim. She is 43 years old and she owns two companies right now. She is a business women, a mother and a wife in our family. I can imagine how busy she is. She has to wake us up every morning and prepares food and other things for the family. She also has to handle all the business matters by herself. Sometimes I feel sorry for her; she works so hard for her family. She is a good prayer. She always prays for us. Also she is  everything to me. She’s also the best friend in my life. I have two little brothers. They are Sang seop Kim and hyung Seop Kim. Sang seop is 11 years old and hyung seop is 8 years old. They go to different school from me which is my previous school ‘Jakarta International Korean School’. Even though they are naughty I care about them a lot. My Family loves each other so much and I think my family and my life is really wonderful!!

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