Gazing at the Mid-Autumn Moon
Artist: Shangguan Hui
A classical Chinese painting created during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) shows a huge landscape with ancient Chinese people appreciating the mid-autumn moon.
Artist: Qi Baishi (1864-1957)
A painting of osmanthus.
Osmanthus appears in mid-autumn paintings frequently because ancient Chinese people believed that there was a huge verdant osmanthus tree on the moon. Under the intertwined tree branches there was a man named Wu Gang, who was wielding an ax chopping it.
Rabbits and Sweet Osmanthus
Artist: Cui Zifan (1915-2011)
A painting of rabbits and osmanthus under the mid-autumn moon.
Since rabbits are usually related to the Chinese classic legend Chang’e flying to the moon, many paintings about the Mid-Autumn Festival use rabbits to heighten the mid-autumn atmosphere.
Rose Under the Moonlight
Artist: Yang Shanshen (1913-2004)
A painting of roses under the moonlight.
The painting was sold for 1,012,000 HKD at the China Guardian Hong Kong 2014 Spring Auctions.
Autumn Palace Overglaze Decorated Plaque
Artist: Zhong Liansheng (b.1944-)
An overglazed decorated plaque depicting a palace of the Han Dynasty (206BC-AD220) under the autumn moon.
This plaque was sold for 12,420,000 RMB ($2,021,000) at the China Guardian 2012 Spring Auctions.
Artist: Yu Shui (b.1955)
A painting depicting people appreciating the moon together at the Mid-Autumn Festival in ancient China.
Awakened on a Night Boating
Artist: Lu Yanshao (1909-1993)
A painting depicting a scene of a boat floating in the lake by moonlight.
Appreciating the Moon
Artist: Yuan Jiang
A classical Chinese painting of scenery under the mid-autumn moon in ancient China.