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The Aesthetics of Korean Art First and foremost I think Korean art is realized by its love for naturalness In everything from architecture to everyday furniture and ornaments to paintings this aspect of Korean aesthetism is shown If you look at the furniture pieces made of wood from the Koryo and Chosun period you can see that most of the furniture except for some of the luxurious ones used in court have their natural wooden texture to it unlike the furniture or ornaments of China or Japan Chinese and Japanese people tried to artificially decorate their ornaments whereas Korean people left it at their most natural state and appreciated it that way This aspect is also seen in paintings too Landscape painters like An Kyun Jung Sun and Kim Hong Do tried to show the natural state of Korean landscapes rather than idealizing it or copying landscapes of Chinese painters You can see the distinct characteristices of Korean landscapes especially in the paintings of Jung Sun Architecture also follows the natural lines of the mountains surrounding it and is built around its natural environment rather than abolishing hills to make a perfectly ideal structure of architecture All this appreciation for nature comes from the basic philosophy of Koreans taking to their natural peaceful environment as is said by the late Professor Kim Wonyong This is why when we see Korean art we feel the overwhelming grandness yet familiarity and comfort of nature This is also why it feels so ordinary rather than initially decorated However Korean art is much more than its naturalness Along with this comfortable feeling Korean art sometimes has a powerful splendour to it shown mostly in court art The use of primary colors in luxurious patterns is another face of Korean art that shows that Koreans also loved decorativeness in their art which in some senses is contrary to the naturalness Court paintings surrounding the king or furniture
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