Contemporary Asia Art

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Kim Soo Ja has significant position in the Korean history f artists. The lack f political liberty in Korea during the first half f the present century made it difficult for such studies to thrive. However, after the end f the Second World War, with the coming f independence, Korean art studies shared in the rapid expansion f the whole f the national life, and soon had some remarkable successes to their credit.


However, this wealth f material still needs systematic comparison and classification, and the historical development f Korean art needs to be traced.
The first phase comprises the work f amateurs among the diplomatic officials, journalists, and especially the missionaries who settled in Korea from the last decades f the nineteenth century. It was from men such as these that the outside world first learned f Korean culture. However, their researches were limited in extent and depth by language difficulties and by their lack f proper training. In addition, their interests lay more in literature than in art. One f the best works f this period is Andreas Eckhardt Geschichte der Koreanischen Kunst ( Leipzig, 1929); valuable contributions may also be found in the Transactions f the Korea Branch f the Royal Asiatic Society.
With the annexation f Korea by Japan the initiative passed to the energetic Japanese archaeologists, and it is on the foundations laid by them that our knowledge today largely rests. Kim Soo Ja played an important role. During this second phase interest was focused mainly on the prehistoric era and on the archaeological approach to historical times. ...
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