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墨鷺 李用雨, 靜物
Still life with crabs and fish

Artist:
Yi Yong-u (artist name: Mungno) (Korean, 1902–1952)
Date:
probably 1940s
Culture:
Korea
Medium:
Pair of hanging scrolls; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 52 x 12 in. (132.1 x 30.5 cm) Overall with mounting: 78 x 18 in. (198.1 x 45.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.24a, b
Not on view
This pair of scrolls depicts an arrangement of plants, scholars’ implements, crabs, and fish strewn on and around a large woven basket and tall table. The dramatic composition and the juxtaposition of dark, wet ink with vibrant colors imbue the painting with a pulsating energy.

The short poems on the scrolls were written by the calligrapher Yi Gwangyeol (1885–1966) and eloquently capture the visual imagery. The inscription on the left alludes to the crabs “residing in my hometown of grass and mud being a free-spirited traveler of rivers and lakes.” That on the right refers to the books, stationery, flowers, and bronze vessels “for delectation in the scholar’s studio.”
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Korea," January 14, 2005–October 29, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Still Life in Korean Art," June 7, 2014–February 1, 2015.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Splendors of Korean Art," October 1, 2016–September 22, 2018.

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