Boating in Moonlight

월하주행도 (月下舟行圖)

Image: 30 x 26.3 cm (11 13/16 x 10 3/8 in.); Overall: 34.9 x 30.6 cm (13 3/4 x 12 1/16 in.)
Location: not on view
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Look how many objects are contained in this little boat—a potted plant, a book, a pear-shaped lute, a tiered lunch box, a tea pot, and a portable stove.


Painted in bold brushstrokes and ink wash, contrasting black and white, and occupied and voided space, this intimately sized painting depicts a scholar-hermit enjoying elegant boating under moonlight. The theme of a moonlight boat excursion below a cliff depicted in this work echoes the tradition of illustrating "Ode to the Red Cliff," a pair of poems by Su Shi, famous Northern Song Chinese poet (1037–1101).
Boating in Moonlight

Boating in Moonlight


Korea, Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)

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