KIM EUN-HO(1892-1979, pen name: Idang) painted this portrait of the last Emperor of Joseon, Sunjong, when he was chosen as a Royal painter. This work is a study of the original work which was destroyed by fire.
The method of traditional portrait starts from a process of outlining the figure with a charcoal of willow tree and, then, a next process of making a study on a paper infiltrated through oil and ginger juice is followed. Finally, with the last process of painting the final edition over thin and see-through silk all the processes of a portrait is completed.
This work is belonged to the second process, yet, the expression of face is as delicate as the expression of final edition. The details of clothes are excluded, therefore, the spirit and dignity of the King is emphasized compared to the conventional portrait in which both a face and clothes are described realistically.