Choson chun ki kuk bo chun/Treasures of the Early Choson Dynasty, 1392-1592 (Seoul: Hoam Art Gallery, 1996), pl. 20
Yamato Bunkakan, ed., Licho kaiga (Choson dynasty painting) (Nara: Yamato Bunkakan, 1996), pl. 10
Suzuki Kei, ed., Nihon hen II, Jiin kojin/Japanese Collections II: Temples and Individuals, Chugoku kaiga sogozuroku/Comprehensive illustrated catalog of Chinese paintings, vol. 4 (Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press, 1983), fig. JP34-093, p. 410
This painting was once thought to be Chinese because it bears the seal "Anchung" of the Southern Sung court painter Li Anchung in the upper right corner. Although the painter adopts compositional elements associated with Southern Sung landscapes, such an early dating can no longer be taken seriously. Recent scholarship has determined that this is a Korean painting in the style of the second half of the sixteenth century, a transitional era between the early and mid-Choson period. (There is a Choson-period painting of the "Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang" with the same seal in the Yugensai Collection.)
Stylistically the painting falls somewhere between the work of An Kyong (active early sixteenth century) and Yi Chong (active late sixteenth century). An anonymous ink landscape of very similar style dated 1540 is in the Yi Won-ki collection in Seoul (see Ahn Hwijoon, ed., Hoehwa [Paintings], Kukbo [National Treasures], vol. 10 [Seoul: Ygyong Sanop-sa, 1983], pl. 46). The leafless foreground trees, particularly the one with the sharply bent, overhanging branch, have been compared to a painting by Yi Bulhae (1529-?) in the National Museum of Korea.