The Arts


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Korean art possesses several distinguishing characteristics that create a unique style quite distinct from other Asian art. It respects nature, and the extensive use of quiet and subdued colors is manifested in Korean paintings and ceramics. Humor is another characteristic of Korean Art. Bold exaggeration, the acceptance of non-symmetrical cubic objects, and unique spatial beauty conveyed by imperfect roundness are examples of humor in Korean art.

A sense of quiet harmony is other characteristic of Korean art, meaning that there is no excess, the right materials being selected in scale with the surroundings. With all these characteristics, the Korean arts have been imbued with a unique aesthetic sense which depicts beauty with honesty and simplicity that is free of artifice.


Article courtesy of the Korean Information Service.