Water-color woodcut

Pyongyang, November 17 (KCNA) — A Korean water-color woodcut exhibition was recently held at the Mansudae Art Studio in Pyongyang.

A water-color woodcut is a pictorial design printed from wood blocks and has been applied to traditional Korean and other color paintings. It shows a simple grandeur of design reminiscent of real brushwork, and its effect of pigments and strokes are unmatched by modern printing techniques.

The woodcut in Korea is of great originality. The height of achievement in this art is to be seen in the illustrations of the 80,000 wooden blocks of complete collection of Buddhist scriptures (first print in 1021) that are kept in the archives in the celebrated Mt. Myohyang.

But the art of woodcut gradually declined in importance, before it survived under the guidance of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il.

The recent exhibition came as a celebration of the lapse of 15 years after Kim Jong Il gave it great encouragement.

During the intervening years, the water-color woodcut unit at the Mansudae Art Studio has produced tens of thousands of works which include reproductions of such ancient masterpieces as “A Man Angling Dragons” (from the 17th century) and “Wild Geese On a Moonlit Night”.

Consideration is now given to catering to growing public aesthetic tastes.

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