Li Su-mun / Landscape of the Four Seasons / c. 1424Li Su-mun
Landscape of the Four Seasons
c. 1424

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Creator Name: Su-mun, Li
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Korean
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1849 - 1918

Korean name, Yi Si-mun.

Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: Korea
Creator Name-CRT: Li Su-mun
Title: Landscape of the Four Seasons
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1419
Creation End Date: 1429
Creation Date: c. 1424
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Painting
Materials and Techniques: pair of six-fold screens; ink and slight color on paper
Dimensions: Overall: 108cm x 361.3cm, Painting only: 92.7cm x 348.7cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1976.92.1
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund

The Korean monk-painter Li Su-mun remains an enigmatic historical figure whose work embraces several distinct painting styles. Moreover, his residency in Japan enabled him to incorporate elements of Japanese composition and painting technique into his paintings. Any assemblage of works bearing his seal thus appears to be the product of not one artist, but rather two or three distinct individuals.

This pair of screens represents the artist?s most important composition in this format, which is smaller than the average Japanese by?bu (folding screen). The idealized landscape is unlike any in Japan, although the incorporation of scenes identifying the passage of the four seasons (viewing from right to

left) was a popular theme in medieval Japanese ink painting.

The most notable Korean features employed by Li Su-mun in these by?bu include the use of stark, contrasting ink washes, and bold landscape forms, thereby increasing the visual impact of the narrative panorama.

Link to Work: CMA_.1976.92.2
AMICA ID: CMA_.1976.92.1
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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