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Elizabeth Keith’s Korea As It Was
Price per Unit (piece): KRW 38,000
USD 27.81
Author: Elizabeth Keith , Elspet Keith Robertson Scott , Young-dahl
Publisher: Hollym
Pub. Date: Dec 2023
Pages: 368
Cover: Hardcover
Dimensions (in inches): 7.28 x 10.3 x 1
ISBN: 9781565915169
Language: English
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This book is a valuable collection that brings together paintings by Elizabeth Keith, a Western artist who captured the fading sceneries of the old Joseon in vivid colors, along with anecdotes and explanations. This is based on the book by Keith, Old Korea: The Land of Morning Calm, published in 1946 in the United Kingdom, with a rich addition of a total collection of Keith's Korea-inspired paintings and research by Professor Young-dahl Song, who specializes in Keith's artworks as a collector and scholar. It took him almost 30 years to complete his Keith collection.

Despite her world acclaim, Elizabeth Keith was little known in Korea. We can have a brighter picture of the late Joseon Dynasty years, as she photographically painted these sceneries with in-depth understanding and deep affection for the Korean culture and Koreans. This book digitalized 85 artworks by Keith on Korea, from watercolor paintings to woodcut prints in super high-definition quality, and also printed them on quality pieces of paper that are fit for art brochures in order to present them in forms that are as original as possible. Also, the stories and explanations told by Professor Young-dahl Song, who has studied Keith's life and artworks for several decades, offer further understanding of readers.

By publishing this English-language book, which redefines the relations between Keith and Korea in the richest way possible, readers in the English-speaking territory can now enjoy a look into the old landscape of Korea, which was loved by Keith but being forgotten. Readers can also enjoy appreciating Keith's exotic paintings that were reborn in the best-ever color and quality.

  • Preface for the Revised Edition / 9
    Artist’s Introduction / 17
    Foreword / 20
    Preface / 22

    1. Seoul / 27
    Daily Lives of Koreans / 41

    2. The Scholar / 57
    Korean Beauties / 67

    3. The Sorceress and the Priestess / 83
    Korean Customs / 97

    4. The Nobleman / 111
    Impressive Korean Landscapes I / 125

    5. Independence Day / 143
    Impressive Korean Landscapes II / 157

    6. The Two Viscounts / 169
    The Scholar and the Aristocrat / 181

    7. Two Wise Young Men / 199
    Various Koreans I / 209

    8. The Crusader / 225
    Various Koreans II / 239

    9. The Military Governor / 253
    Korean Children / 263

    10. A Generation of Koreans in Hawaii / 277
    A Portrait of Admiral Yi Sun-sin / 285

    Appendix: Artworks in Different Styles on the Same Subjects and More Watercolor Paintings / 301
    The Life of Elizabeth Keith and Her Paintings on Korea / 323
    The List of Elizabeth Keith’s Artworks on Korea / 346
    Bibliography / 363
    Index of Artworks / 366


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