Korean Art Painting Calligraphy Lacquerware Sculpture Pottery

Korean art includes painting, calligraphy, lacquerware, sculpture, pottery, and other decorative or fine arts. Although Korean architecture briefly discussed but it is part of a distinct article. In Korea, people’s art has always shared aesthetic ideas, themes, techniques, and forms with China and Japan. But it has created an individual style that is its own. The appeal of Korean arts can be found in their simplicity, spontaneity and sense of harmony with nature.

The main trend in Korean art throughout time has been naturalistic, a style that was already apparent as early as during the Three Kingdoms period from the straight and bold curve of the Song dynasty 960-1279 Chinese bowl to the elegant, modest curve of Korean bowls of the Koryo period 918-1392. 57 BCE – 668 CE but was fully establish in the Unified.

Also known as Great, Silla Korean Shimla period 668-935. The old-fashioned attitude of acceptance of nature as it was led to a heightened appreciation of the basic and simple. Korean artist, as an instance loved the simple aesthetics of raw materials like naturally formed patterns found in wood grain.

Korean Pottery Maker Art

The Korean pottery maker known for his lack of concern about the precision for his surface, curvatures or forms. The goal was to express the intrinsic or natural attributes of his materials as well as the medium. Potters were able to work without self-consciousness and naturally, resulting in pottery that was simple and with uniqueness in design.

The avoiding of extremes is a further characteristic style of Korean art. Straight lines that were too straight were disapprove of as was curvilinearity that was extreme. The straight and bold curve of the Song dynasty 960-1279 Chinese bowl becomes an elegant.

Modest curve in the Korean bowl from that of the Koryo the Koryo period 918-1392. Curving sharply Chinese roof is alter in Korean architecture to a gentle sloped roof. Sharp angles, strong lines high planes and garish colors completely kept away from.

The Period Of Formation Art

From archaeological and linguistic evidence, Korean people may have arrived from Siberia via Manchuria. The prehistoric sites that date back to time periods of Paleolithic and Neolithic period are located throughout the peninsula.

The sporadic Chinese influence over Korean culture began to be felt in the latter part of the Neolithic Period. When the Han empire was establish in 108 BCE in northwest Korea, the influence grew stronger. One of the most famous of them is Nangnang Chinese Lelang close to P’yongyang. Archaeological and linguistic evidence suggest Koreans arrived from Siberia.

The earliest Neolithic pottery was made during the 6th millennium BCE. It was decorated with horizontal lines raise as well as a zigzag around the rim, or vertical rows of dots engrave as well as fingernail markings. During the 5th millennium BCE.

This evolved into what became known as Pottery with comb patterns, the most distinguishing characteristic being the pointed bottom, as well as the geometric patterns made up of herringbone, concentric semicircles, and meander made up of incised drawn or dragged dots as well as shorter lines.

Art Painting

The earliest paintings in Korea originate from their origins in the Three Kingdoms period. Colorful polychrome paintings that depict divinities from the shamanic world, Buddhist and Daoist themes as well as celestial bodies and constellations and scenes of everyday life. In the lives of Koguryo nobles have been preserve in over 80 Koguryo tombs.

Along the northern banks of the Yalu Korean Amnok River close to Ji’an, China, in the region surrounding Pyongyang towards the south as well as in the Anak region of Hwanghae province. While the Koguryo tradition of painting tombs and burial chambers spread across Paekche as well as Silla as well as Kyushu, Japan, only a handful of murals from these kingdoms remain.

Art Sculpture

Within the Koguryo kingdomof Koguryo, Buddhist art probably started around the early 5th century. The 5th century pieces are not found However, there are fragments of terracotta figures. The oldest dated Koguryo Buddhist image is a sitting Buddha. The image is inscribed with a date that could refer to the 539 years of the Buddha.

The long face, the flared drapery, as well as the mandorla or almond-shaped aureole, adorned with a flame design. All hint at the influence on Chinese sculpture from that Bei Northern Wei period 386-535. Koguryo sculpture was arguably characters by adhering strictly to the stylized linear style of Northern Chinese sculpture.

Artistic Decorative

Metalwork was among the most advanced media of the decorative arts during the Three Kingdoms period. The high-ranking officials of the time had gold or gold-bronze crowns and diadems, and embellished their necks with jewelry, earrings, bracelets and rings comprised of silver, gold bronze jade, and glass.

The most valuable items made of jewels and regalia are from the intact Silla tombs. Only five gold crowns taken from five Kyongju tombs were discover in the early 1990s, although additional ones have been discovere in the past.

The most intricate was discover in 1921 in the Tomb of the Golden Crown. It comprises an outer circlet that has five upright elements as well as an additional inner cap with an ornamental frontal horn. It is construct of cut sheet gold. On the three uprights in front are trees create in a highly stylize fashion with two uprights shape like antlers.

Numerous crescent-shaped and spherical jade pieces kogok are connect to the vertical components using wire that is twist. The belief in the gods of trees as well as antlers is all-encompassing among the ancient peoples from north and central Asia that the Koreans were from when The Three Kingdoms originated. A similar diadem adorn with miniature trees and stags was discover in the remains of a Sarmatian burial site near the northern coast of the Black Sea.

Unified, Or Great, Silla Period 668-935

The Paekche as well as the Koguryo kingdoms were dissolve in 660 and 668, respectively, by the forces of the Silla ruler and the Tang Chinese emperor. This brought about a cultural and political period that known as the Unified Silla period. It was the golden age of the ancient Korean art.

Buddhism saw a revival in its popularity and incredible temples rose out within the Kyongsang province. Scholars and monks traveled across Tang China to partake of its vibrant international tradition.

Kyongju, the capital of Kyongju, which is also the contemporaneous Japanese capital city of Heian-kyo which was later Kyoto has been model after the Tang capital city of Chang’an and was character by straight avenues that were wide and straight laid out in an elongated grid.

From that point on south Korea especially the southeast, was the heart of Korean art and culture. Northern Korea, where once was a thriving Koguryo art flourished was progressively less important.

Sculpture Art

Its sculpture from that Unified Silla period was the peak of Korean naturalism and is character by the abundance of granite sculptures. The first period of the period Korean sculpture was subject to the influences of Chinese sculpture from earlier Tang period.

Unified Silla works displayed an impressive vigor, even though they were usually stiff and featured an impressive physique. The tortoise base of the King’s monument Muyol died at the age of 661 in Kyongju and the Shakyamuni trio at Kunwi are great examples of the initial phase.

Arts And Crafts

A large number of ceramic urns have found mostly within the vicinity of Kyung-Ju. They’re cover in stamps of floral patterns, and some are cover with lead glazes with a yellowish green. The technique of stamping and glazing was techniques that were introduce by potters during the seventh century. Earthenware roofs as well as square floor tiles made. They were decorating with intricately form lotus and other beautiful floral designs. They were design to be use in Buddhist temples and palaces.

Choson Period 1392-1910

In 1388, General Yi Song-gye defeated the pro-Mongol King Wu. Gen Yi declared himself the founder of the new Choson Dynasty 1392-1910 in 1392 and transferred its capital away from Kaesong Songdo to Seoul.

His strategy was to keep the close cultural and political connections that were forge with Ming China 1368-1644. Buddhism was, at the time, utterly corrupt, and was replace as the official religion by a puritanic Neo-Confucianism which was also on the rise within Ming China.

Confucianism took over as the predominant influence on Korean thinking, morals, and aesthetic standards. In the days following the foundation of the newly established dynasty, massive construction projects began in the capital, known as Hanyang.

Palace and ancestors’ shrines were built as part of these projects. The paintings depicting scenic locations of the capital were order by the royals. Choson artists, in particular within the field of decorative art displayed an unpredictability and native aesthetics, as opposed to the refined aristocratic sophistication characteristic of Koryo artists.

Painting Art

Choson painting until at the close of 16th century, was dominate court painters associate with the Office of Painting. Their style was influence by Chinese pro-court painters. which is the so-called Northern style of Chinese painting. Thus, it was influence by paintings of the Bei Northern Song Ma-Xia School as well as the Zhe school of Ming China.

The most famous painters of the time include a Kyon, Ch’oe Kyong as well as Yi Sang-Chwa. The most notable work by A Kyon is The Dream Journey to Peach Blossom Land 1447. This depicted in the style of Bei Song, a horizontal scroll with mountains and streams that fill with blossoms of peaches.


In the early Choson time, the creation of religious art from the past had almost stopped because Confucianism was now the official state of mind. However, Buddhism patronized by various queens of the court, and a number of small-scale, silent bronze statues created.

Clay images, some of which measure more than 7 meters 23 feet in height, made in the last part of the Choson period with wooden armatures. The bodies of their gilded counterparts are simply stolid, simple masses that were cover in loose, but robust, leather-like drapes. Drapery folds illustrated in an elaborate, schematic sequence of plaits.

Artistic Decorative

While a variety of arts and crafts thrived during the Choson period, the creation of pottery and porcelain was particularly significant. Punjang ong punjang hoech’ong sagi one of the most well-known forms of ceramic, which known as Mishima in Japan. It is the Korean term for punjang hoech’ong, also known as decorated with slips of Celadon.

The slip-decoration involve incise, inlaid, and stamp patterns that are fill with white clay. There is additionally, the use of white coat underneath the glaze of celadon. Incisions and painting with underglaze iron are also apply occasionally in conjunction with the white layer.

The process developed or evolved out of Koryo enameled celadon that had become rough and coarse during its last stages. The first Choson pottery workers invented a revolutionary technique to create the inlay effect faster and effortlessly. By using a clay or wooden stamp with small, embossed dots, designs could depressed in close proximity and covered the entire vessel in just a few minutes.

The white clay is rub over the dots, and any extra clay was then wipe away. Inlay used to create certain Choson pieces. These pieces distinguished from earlier Koryo ceramics because of their primitive designs and basic florals as well as their dark green glazes.