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  Chaekgeori, a unique Korean form of still-life painting, began in the late eighteenth century. Chaekgeori is usually a large multipanel folding screen that comes in varying styles, represents an uncharacteristic break from traditional forms of Korean painting. The focus on the human object interaction of books situates books not as a mere objects but rather provides the fuller understanding of books in Chaekgeori.  While the exact origins of chaekgeori is not confirmed, Jeongjo, the king of Joseon dynasty in the eighteenth century, established Gyujanggak, the royal library, and commissioned chaekgeori to decorate his office at Changdeokgung palace.  His fondness of Chaekgeori played a...

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