February 20, 2020
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Choe Su Song and His Painting Snow-covered Mountainous Village

Date: 12/02/2020 | Source: Uriminzokkiri (En) | Read original version at source

According to historical records, Choe Su Song (1487-1521), born in Kangnung, was a popular painter active in the first half of the 16th century. He was called a man of distinguished talents as he excelled in poetry, calligraphy and drawing. He was also well versed in music.

It has been said that he was an adept landscape painter.

The remaining painting Snow-covered Mountainous Village serves as a valuable pictorial datum representative of his talents.

The Japanese people who had once visited Korea made great efforts to get this painting, which went wrong against their intention.

This being the case, they decided to submit a memorial to the Korean King to help them obtain it, adding that they would present a pair of treasured swords worth 300 nyang of gold.

However, the King declined their proposal, saying that the painting he had seen was a national treasure which cannot be bartered for 300 nyang of gold.

Emissaries from neighbouring countries also recognized that the painting was really a precious thing without parallel in the world.

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