A Painter Behind the Curtain

Alt title: Daelihwaga

Vol: 7; Ch: 75
2015 - 2019
4.187 out of 5 from 593 votes
Rank #998
A Painter Behind the Curtain

Ian is a painter with a natural-born talent, but his love for painting is soon lost after being forced to work for the cruel and greedy Bardi family. No one knows that he's the genius behind the beautiful works of art that the famous family claims as their own. That is until one day, when the wealthy merchant Raymond comes for a portrait and his interest in Ian is piqued… Can Raymond help him to see the beauty in the world again? Or will Ian's true talent forever remain unseen?

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Includes 5 epilogue chapters.

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Ima keep it real with u chief, this was the most frustrating manhwa I've read in a while. I'm writing this review because I've seen an incredible amount of positive reviews of the manhwa on various sites which, in my opinion, is quite undeserved. The plot itself is refreshing (for a manhwa) but the tropes are not. Ian, the painter is an extremely talented and extremely traumatized character who experiences a deep lack of self esteem and Raymond is an extremely cunning and selfish character who also suffers from trauma, they are both interesting characters and they are both a bad match for each other. Given the lengthy span of the manhwa the author expands on multiple POVs and does a very good job of making their motives understandable and that's the catch, I usually would never make myself sit through a 70+ chapter manhwa for the "meek uke x asshole/selfish seme" trope (for lack of a better term) but the writing was so convincing because I understood the drive of the main character that at some point I started hate-reading this manhwa from how maddening it got and also because I was so invested in how the author was going to tie it all together. The ending, plot wise was satisfying but on the romance front? Not so much. The literal lines from Raymond's last monologue are "[...] I will keep lying to you for the rest of my life, so it doesn't matter right? [...]" and that's so FRUSTRATING there's no communication or reassurance in their partnership, Raymond is still hiding things from Ian and Ian is still walking on eggshells around Raymond after 75 chapters this is not an ending I'd call satisfactory. Edit: it's been almost a year since I've read this trainwreck of a manhwa and I still grind my teeth whenever I'm reminded of the two days I spent reading it. Downgrading this manhwa from over all score of 2 to 1 fuck this manhwa. it owes me dental care.

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