Kim Hong-Do

Source: Public Domain

Source: Public Domain


​Kim Hong-Do (김홍도; b. circa 1745 - d. circa 1810; pen name: Danwoo (단원)) - one of the preeminent artists/painters of the Joseon/Chosun Dynasty (1392 - 1897), he was one of the first Korean artists to reportedly depict the lives of the common people in his works, thereby providing great insights into the lives of the Joseon/Chosun period. Known as a master of many styles of painting, in 1766, at the age of 21, he became one of the key painters of the Joseon/Chosun Royal Court. One of his most recognized paintings is "The Nineteen Taoist Immortals" (Gunseondo; 군선도) from 1776 (see below).