A Brush With Perfection

Perhaps because many of its influences came from China, Korean art rarely gets a fair share of attention in the West. Now Paris' Guimet Museum is helping right that imbalance with "The Poetry of Ink: The Literati Tradition in Korea, 1392-1910," a dazzling display of rarely seen Choson-era art from the museum's own treasures as well as private collections. As the exhibition's title suggests, the highlights are calligraphy, painting and poetry.

Since China's Song dynasty (960-1279), these interconnected arts have been considered the "three perfections," fitting pastimes for scholar-officials, or literati, who for political or personal reasons, often...

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