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鈴木春信画 見立三夕 「西行法師」
A Young Man and Woman with a Shamisen; Monk Saigyō, from a series alluding to the Three Evening Poems (Sanseki waka)

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 1/6 x 8 1/4 in. (28.4 x 21 cm) medium-size block (chu-ban)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Henry L. Phillips Collection, Bequest of Henry L. Phillips, 1939
Accession Number:
JP2772
Not on view
The landscape beyond the railing of a veranda depicts the scene described in the accompanying poem. Two young people appear distracted and isolated from each other—the man holding what appears to be a love letter and the seated woman holding a samisen, a three-stringed instrument associated with the pleasure quarters.

Inscribed in the cartouche at the upper corner is a famous waka (thirty-one-syllable court poem) by the medieval monk-poet Saigyō (1118–1190) that reads:

Kokoro naki
mi ni mo aware wa
shirarekeri
shigi tatsu sawa no
aki no yūgure

Even those who hide feelings
will sense the melancholy—
of a snipe taking flight
over a marsh
on an autumn evening.
—Trans. John T. Carpenter
Signature: Suzuki Harunobu ga
Henry L. Phillips , Hyannisport, MA (until d. 1939; bequeathed to MMA).
Chiba City Museum of Art. "Suzuki Harunobu (1725–1770)," September 14, 2002–October 20, 2002.

Hagi Uragami Museum. "Suzuki Harunobu (1725–1770)," November 2, 2002–December 8, 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Spring and Summer," December 17, 2005–June 4, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection," October 20, 2015–January 22, 2017.

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