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Two Hares in Moonlight
Two Hares in Moonlight, 18th century
Cho Tai Eok, Korean
Ink and color on paper; mounted as a hanging scroll
53 x 18 inches (134.6 x 45.7 cm) Mount: 82 1/4 x 24 1/4 inches (208.9 x 61.6 cm)
Gift of Mrs. W. James Anderson, Mrs. Samuel Bell, Jr., Mrs. Richard Drayton, and Charles T. Ludington, Jr., in memory of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Townsend Ludington, 1970
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Let's Look

  • What do you see in this picture?
  • What words could describe the rabbits, or hares? What do you see that makes you choose these words?
  • When do you think this scene is taking place? Day or night? A certain season? Why?
  • Look for some calligraphy (beautiful writing). Where else in the painting can you find graceful black lines that are not calligraphy?

Let's Look Again

  • What colors are the strongest?
  • Find several different kinds of brushstrokes in this painting. What textures do they create? Which looks the softest? Why?
  • This painting was probably made for a special occasion. What do you think it could be? Why?

Connect and Compare

  • Asian languages, like Korean and Chinese, do not distinguish between hares and rabbits, but in English-speaking countries the two are viewed as slightly different creatures. Find out the differences between them. Which term fits this painting better?
  • Compare Korean screens with European medieval tapestries. What are the subjects in both? How are the two used?
  • Look on a lunar calendar to find out what animal and element represent the year that you were born. Learn more about what your animal stands for in Asian cultures. What does it say about you?


Related Art Project

Create a scroll or screen painting on a long, narrow piece of paper using colors and creatures that make you think of a particular season. For fall you could use brown squirrels gathering acorns under trees with brilliant leaves. For winter you might show a red cardinal sitting on bare tree branches on a snowy day. What do your animals symbolize? What different kinds of brushstrokes could show fur, feathers, and plants? Glue your painting onto patterned fabric or wallpaper and hang as a scroll or mount as a screen. Which seasons have your classmates painted?

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