Two Hares in Moonlight
Cho Tai Eok, Korean, 1675 - 1728
Rabbits have appeared in East Asian art since ancient times, often in association with the legend that tells of a rabbit and a cassia tree living in the moon. The inscription on the upper right corner of this painting refers to this East Asian legend. The popularity of the rabbit has prevailed in traditional Korean culture, particularly as a subject in the visual arts and literature. Cho Tai Eok, a high official of the Joseon dynasty court, excelled in animal painting and calligraphy.