"A Well" from the Album of Genre Paintings by Kim Hong-do

  • Culture / Period

    Joseon Dynasty

  • Materials


  • Artist

    Kim Hong-do(金弘道, 1745-after 1806)

  • Dimensions

    28.1x23.9cm(Image, Album)

  • Designation

    Treasure 527

  • Accession Number


In this painting a man with his chest and abdomen bared is drinking water from a bucket at a village well where three women are drawing water. The man’s impudent behavior causes the women to turn their heads away from him. This painting is often cited as a fine example of the tradition in Korean society, influenced by Confucian teaching, that “there should be differences between men and women.”

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