Going Home at Night（夜归）
Darkness has settled in, and a bright moon hangs in the tree branches. Two people stumble home using flashlights to find their way through the woods. The gleam of lamplight shines out from under the eaves of the house in the still moonlight. I think that there probably have been many cases where people have left the light on to guide those coming home in the dark.
I think going home at night is a warm and appealing topic for a painting. Probably plenty of people now fifty or sixty years old who once lived in the countryside can identify with this feeling.
When visiting a friend, the poet Su Dongpo once said, “The duckweed in the pond drifts under the moonlight in the courtyard⋯” I think it was summertime, when the moon is low, when he visited his friend. Otherwise, how would he know the beauty of a moonlit night in the woods? ＠