Note on the Image

21. Self-Portrait as Mother of Admiral Yi Sun-shin Reading her Son’s Letter

Mother of Admiral Yi Sun-shin is reading and contemplating

the letter that her son sent during one of his war battles.

The worry expression of her eyes and face is accentuated by the circular composition of the picture with simplifying gesture in thick impasto surface texture.

The strong light is illuminating on her back of the sombre-colored apparel and emphasizing her brooding face enveloped in glimmering shadow.

Her eyes look into space with the gaze steeped in thought of her son fighting

the enemies at the perilous front of the war battles.

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