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風俗四季歌仙 立春
The First Day of Spring (Risshun)

Artist:
Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1768
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
11 x 8 1/4 in. (27.9 x 21 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Henry L. Phillips Collection, Bequest of Henry L. Phillips, 1939
Accession Number:
JP2776
Not on view
The striking yellow and pink palette of this print accentuates the bright spring feeling of the poem and ts visualization in this delightful scene of a couple enjoying the sight of a mandarin-orange tree in the garden outside their room. This conventional poetic image of the glad transition from winter to early spring is echoed in the poem inscribed above:

Ama no to no akuru keshiki mo
shizuka nite kumoi yori koso
haru wa tachikere.

When the shutters open,
a tranquil scene proclaims that spring has come
as surely as the cloudness sky.
Signature: Harunobu ga
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