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    Sale 1978

    Japanese And Korean Art

    18 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 404

    Yun Yonggu (1852-1939)

    Alone in a small bamboo garden

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    Yun Yonggu (1852-1939)
    Alone in a small bamboo garden
    Signed Jang ui san in (recluse of Jang-ui village) and sealed Yun Yonggu yin, Haekwan and Yun Donyoung yin jang
    Album leaf mounted as a hanging scroll, ink on paper
    9 15/16 x 6 7/8in. (25.2 x 17.5cm.)

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    Yun Yonggu is a master calligrapher and literatus known for his paintings of landscapes, bamboo and orchids. He retired from his career as a civil official in protest of the Japanese occupation of Korea and lived out his life as the recluse he identifies in the signature of this painting. The poem may be read: "Along the paths of a small garden I plant bamboo in place of flowerbeds."