Oct 13, 2010
Oct 12, 2010

Bird Sleeping on a Plum Tree

Bird Sleeping on a Plum Tree

매화나무 위의 졸고 있는 새 (梅竹鳥圖)

early 1900s

Yang Ki-hun (Seuk-Eun) 양기훈

(Korean, 1843-1919?)

Hanging scroll, ink on silk

Overall: 103 x 112.4 cm (40 9/16 x 44 1/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1998.31


Did you know?

Yang Ki-hun was one of the most commercially successful painters active in the late 19th century.


The plum’s status as the orthodox symbol of the literati’s pure spirit originated in Lin Bu’s poem "Tiny Plum Flowers in Mountain Garden." The plum was also widely depicted in Korean paintings as part of the Four Gentlemen—or Four Gracious Plants—motif. Here, the plum and bamboo express literati spirituality while the bird with its head pointing downward indicates the artist’s feelings about the unstable situation at the end of the Joseon period. Yang Ki-hun was a Korean scholar-official renowned for painting and calligraphy. King Gojong (reigned 1863–1907) was one of Yang's prominent patrons.

See also
Korean Art
Type of artwork: 

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email imageservices@clevelandart.org.