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History major examines Korean True View landscape painting tradition at conference

“Jang’an Monastery” dated 1711. Artist, Jeong Seon.

Congratulations to undergraduate history major, Nathan Hawley. Hawley presented his poster during the poster session at the Western Conference for the Association for Asian Studies on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. Hawley’s poster examined the Korean True View landscape painting tradition that arose in the 18th and 19th centuries. Hawley argued that this artistic genre was more than idealized versions of Korean nature, it was a form of mapping the nation and a cornerstone to developing a Korean sense of national pride.

Hawley’s research presents novel interpretations of past Korean relationships with their natural environment and their geopolitical neighbors, helping one to better understand Korea’s environmental history. Using art as a source, Hawley expands the ways one might look to the past for insight into current and past environmental questions.

“Complete View of the Diamond Mountains,” dated 1734. Artist, Jeong Seon.