Choi Yong Do was a Korean painter who lived from 1849 to 1910. He is best known for his paintings of Buddhist imagery, but he also painted landscapes and portraits. Yong Do studied Western painting techniques after he enrolled in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden in 1878. His teacher there was Carl von Piloty, one of the most important German painters at that time.

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This article will explore how Choi’s work has influenced generations of Korean artists. This article will explore how Choi’s work has influenced generations of Korean artists. In the late 1800s, Korea was still a closed country to outside influence and trade. The government had banned Western art for fear that it would be used as propaganda by foreigners.

However, some Koreans were able to get an education abroad in Japan or Germany where they studied both Eastern and Western painting styles. Yong Do attended one such school in Dresden from 1878-1881, studying with German painter Carl von Piloty who later became his mentor and lifelong friend. After returning home he continued teaching at academies around Seoul until 1886 when King Gojong opened Korea up to foreign culture after pressure from Japanese advisors led him on trips overseas.

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