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Yang P'aeng-son is a representative scholar painter of the early Choson dynasty (1392-1910), who is thought to have studied landscape painting under the preeminent Korean painter, An Kyon (act. c. 1400-70). Known for his ink paintings, works in color by P'aeng-son, such as this with sharp brushstrokes suggestive of masterful techniques of Chinese Southern Song academic painting, are highly unusual.
According to the poem inscription, the archer on horseback is a girl from the Wu clan, who having shot an arrow suddenly felt remorse for the wild geese and hoped that it would not hit them. The scene depicts the moment in which the young woman is torn by a sense of remorse. The main focus of the sceneÑthe figures, horses, and geeseÑare brilliantly painted in bright colors, while the surrounding field is executed simply in light colors. Time is eternally captured in the dramatic moment that the arrow is released, leaving one to wonder if the geese will be struck or not.

Wu Huntress

Yang P'aeng-son (1488-1545)
Korea, 16th century@H. 130.0 cm, W. 82.5 cm

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Chinese Farewell Verse
Genre Scenes of Westerners
The Immortal Jurojin
Wu Huntress
Portraits of Thirty-six Immortal Poets
Jar with Ash Glaze, Sanage Ware
Tea Bowl, Named Jirobo, Raku Ware
Standing Buddha
Wide-Mouthed Jar
Buffalo-shaped Yi (Wine Container)
"Corpulent Woman" from Scroll of Diseases and Deformities
Tea Ceremony Kettle Made from Incense Burner, Old Ashiya Ware
Keko (Buddhist Flower Basket) with Openwork Hosoge Scrolls
Ikat Hanging with Design of Temples and Animals
Sarassa Hanging with Scene from the Tale of Krishna
Saddle with Wave Design in Mother-of-Pearl Inlay
Seated Maitreya Bodhisattva with One Leg Pendent
Mottled-glazed Bowl with Handle and Openwork Design
Gourd-shaped Jar with Flower-and-Bird Design
Mukozuke Bowls in Melon Shape with Underglaze-Iron and Copper
-Green Melon Design