Shim was inspired by the Southern and Northern School styles of Chinese painting. The colophon on this painting indicates that this piece, along with the poem found on the right side of the screen, was dedicated to Jeong Gwan-ji in March of 1765 according to the lunar calendar. This painting was influenced by the garden-themed paintings favored by the Wu school painters of the Ming dynasty. The dwelling of a member of the Confucian literati surrounded by a gigantic rock, a crane - which is the symbol of the literati - a pine tree encircled by tendrils, and a majestic banana plant rising from behind the dwelling, is perceptible in the center of the canvas. A poem created by Xu Hun (791-854?) of the Tang dynasty is written on the painting.
(text: MFA, Boston)
Artform: PAINTING AND DRAWING, Pre-20th Century
Artist: Shim Sa-jeong
Artist Dates: 1707-1769
Period: 18th century
Medium: Ink on paper
Size: 34.4 x 53 cm
Museum: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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