KO HUI-DONG(1886-1965, pen name: Chungok) was known as the first Korean artist who had adopted the western painting. Studied in Tokyo, Ko tried to distribute the western painting in Korea. Since the mid 1920s, however, Ko returned to Korean painting style and created many traditional landscape painting.
Yet, the landscape paintings of Ko embraced the style and technique of oil painting onto the base of conventional Korean painting ; he took over the color and chiaroscuro of oil painting.
In this work, Ko drew out spaces in conventional Korean mode but used the chiaroscuro to describe rocks and trees.
Although such attempts were not successful, those were worthy as a fusion style of western and Korean paintings.