A full moon reflects a swath of light on a still ocean. Matsubara’s scene evokes the Buddhist allegory of a narrow white path that guides you away from earthly temptations to a place of spiritual awakening. The dark blue and black of Matusbara’s palette emphasize the gold leaf of the halo, representing the moon, and of the luminous moonpath. In the painting’s foreground, the waves gently lap along the shore.
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