President Moon Jae-in personally unveiled his ‘portrait of the former president’ in front of the State Councilors gathered for the last regular cabinet meeting of his term on the 3rd.
According to the Blue House, President Moon personally introduced his portraits hung along with portraits of past presidents along with portraits of past presidents to the State Council members before attending the 20th State Council meeting held in the main building of the Blue House at 2:25 pm on the same day, according to the Blue House.
The Blue House previously predicted that the portrait of President Moon would be unveiled at the last cabinet meeting on the 15th.
The portrait of President Moon was the work of artist Kim Hyeong-joo, a young artist working in the provinces, and the Blue House explained at the time that “I drew it myself and sent it as a gift.”
The Blue House also released the contents of the letter Kim sent along with the painting as a gift. Writer Kim wrote in the letter, “I am working on a figure painting with my heart to support you to the end of my tenure in a difficult situation, and I will give you a present before I retire.” I picked up a brush,” he said.
On the wall of the Sejong Hall, where the portraits of President Moon were hung on that day, portraits of past presidents, from former President Syngman Rhee to former President Park Geun-hye, are hung in order. The portrait of President Moon is on the far left and next to the portrait of former President Park.
When President Moon entered and stood in front of his portrait, the State Council members laughed and said, “You have entered the world of history,” and “Applause for a moment.”
President Moon said, “In other governments, it is common to select and commission works from those who are evaluated as the best portraitists, but when I am not paying attention to such procedures, a young artist named Kim Hyung-joo said, ‘You have worked hard until the end of your tenure in a difficult period. all. He sent me a gift saying, ‘I draw with sincerity with a supportive heart,'” he explained.
He continued, “So I accepted it, but the time came for a portrait later, and when I heard opinions about ‘what is this portrait like without having to renew it,’ everyone in the Blue House was rated as good, and experts also had the same opinion, so I don’t have to do it in the same way as in the old days. This is how I chose the portrait I received as a gift,” he said. Regarding the painter, President Moon said, “He is an artist who is hardly known on the central stage, and I have not actually met him yet.
When a member of the State Council looked at the picture of the president and drew it, met him and asked if he hadn’t made any corrections, and President Moon replied, “I couldn’t do that because I didn’t have much time. We just looked at the look and shared some opinions about whether the lips were too red or not, so we did some corrections without seeing them in person.”
President Moon also said, “Those who are masters of the portraiture genre may regret that their portraits are selected through such a procedure.”
When Chief of Staff Yoo Young-min said, “I sent it as a gift, but I paid for the painting,” laughter broke out among the State Council members. President Moon responded by saying, “You must have saved a little bit,” and laughed again.
Meanwhile, Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon also attended the last regular cabinet meeting as the only opposition member. When Mayor Oh bowed his head in greeting, President Moon said, “Thank you for attending.” Minister of Justice Park Beom-gye smiled and greeted, “Are you here to talk about good things?”
Mayor Oh is known to have asked President Moon to veto the bill promulgated at the State Council meeting on the same day (completely deprived of the prosecution’s investigation authority).
Mayor Oh posted on his Facebook page after attending the State Council meeting, saying, “The bill that came up through unreasonable procedures and illegal tricks in the National Assembly was not corrected even at the State Council meeting and was unfortunately passed in the end.” criticized one by one.
Reporter Sang-Hoon Kim [email protected]
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