Chaekgeori paintings from Korea evoke peaceful, quiet study at CMA (photos) –

The word describes the little-known Korean art genre in which artists painted elaborate, quasi-trompe-l#8217;oeil scenes of bookshelves filled with stacks of books and collectibles arranged to show off the erudition and sophistication of their owner.

Those earlier examples include an anonymous, nearly monochromatic eight-fold chaekgeori screen on loan from a private collection.

Nevertheless, the show provides entrancing evocations of peaceful, quiet study. We could all use some of that now.

#8220;Chaekgeori#8221; (pronounced check-oh-ree #8211; the #8220;G#8221; is silent) literally means #8220;books and things.#8221;

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