Name: Inwangjesaekdo (Scene of Mount Inwang After Rain) by Jeong Seon
Period: Joseon (1392-1910)
Location: Yongsan District, central Seoul
Status: National Treasure No. 216
The best landscape painter in the latter half of Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) was Jeong Seon (Pen-name: Gyeomjae) (1676-1759). He discarded Chinese styles and created unique new themes based on Korean scenes.
Jeong Seon was particularly fond of Mount Inwang, a scenic peak around Seoul, from which he produced a great masterpiece. After the rain, the scene of the rugged Mount Inwang was especially attractive with thick fog enveloping the valley.
Jeong Seon didn't miss the chance to capture the scene with his elaborate skills. Getting wet from the rain, the rockwall in the back looks heavy and enormous. For this, the painter used the top-down method of brushwork in a repeated way with lots of India ink.
The ridges and trees are depicted in black in the same way as unraveling threads, while the fog in white, which makes vivid contrast with the peaks and valleys of the mountain. Among his 400 pieces of work, this is acknowledged as the most prominent masterpiece with extreme creative skill.