Miller, Lilian (1895 - 1943), "Moonrise Over Ancient Gateway, Korea"
|Title||Moonrise Over Ancient Gateway, Korea|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Edition||First and only.|
|Publisher||The Artist - Privately Published|
|Reference No||Brown: Fig. 41; Cat. 51|
|Size||15 x 10 "|
Notes: Lilian Miller wrote, "Down the length of a typical Korean village runs a broad country road, guarded on either side by tall poplar trees that rustle with a silken whisper in the evening breeze. At the very end of the village stands an ancient gateway; once an important entrance to the palace of some powerful Governor, now a dwelling-place for the flickering bat and velvet-winged moth: yet still beautiful, with the iridescent hills of Korea glimpsed through its spacious archway. As the dim afterglow of the ravished sun sends tapering poplar shadows across the road and the summer moon rises from its purple nest behind the mountains, the people of the village come from their evening bowls of rice to enjoy the cool air and to hold pleasant converse with their neighbors. There is always a cool tranquility, an unhurried peace about such Korean evenings; as if the many sleeping centuries which have passed over this picturesque land had left behind them something of their mellow and age old serenity."
This design, with a purple evening sky and full moon, creates the mood of "unhurried peace" which marks Korea's "sleeping centuries." By locating the Orient as an eternal past unable to overcome its own inertia, and then regenerating this condition as its preserver, Miller performs some of the conceptual maneuvers central to Orientalism.
Provenance: Acquired directly from a descendant of the L.M. Miller family. This was accompanied with the entire family collection of remaining works; including original paintings, pencil sketches and one of a kind proofs.