The University of Chicago Magazine

February 1997


Blending poetry with calligraphy
and painting, the artists followed
where the brush led

Chong Son
Old Pine Tree at Sajik Altar

A symbol of steadfastness and the persistence of the idea of the scholar, this ancient pine tree needs posts to bear its weight, yet still grows new shoots. Using ink and light colors on paper, the artist painted this pine with precision and detail, in contrast to his usual rapid zigzag brush style.

  • Ch'oe Puk (1712-ca.1786): Landscape

  • So Pyong-o (1862­1935): Bamboo and Rock

  • Chong Son (1676­1759): Kumgang-san (Diamond Mountains)

  • Chi Un-yong (1852-1935): Standing Portrait of Su Tung-p'o

  • Chong Son (1676­1759): Old Pine Tree at Sajik Altar

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