Geese and Reeds

Geese and Reeds



Yang Gi-hun 양기훈

(Korean, 1843-1919?)

Twelve-panel folding screen, ink and light color on silk

Painting: 138.4 x 367.7 cm (54 1/2 x 144 3/4 in.); Overall framed: 232.4 x 394.6 cm (91 1/2 x 155 3/8 in.)

Private Collection 2.2019



Conversation about Diversity in Korean Embroidery Arts- Korean Gallery 236 Rotation


Native to Pyongyang in present-day North Korea, the artist Yang Gi-hun had no rival in painting bird-and-flower themes. The Taedong River estuary, one of Pyongyang’s beloved natural sites, was likely Yang’s favorite spot to observe and sketch various waterbirds. Showcased in this folding screen, the peaceful image of migratory white-fronted geese descending to a river bank where tall reeds gently bend in the evening breeze is the artist’s signature scene. Screens with this theme were used as birthday gifts, especially to elders: a homophone of the title Geese and Reeds means Aging Peacefully.

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