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)
Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
11 1/6 x 8 1/4 in. (28.4 x 21 cm) medium-size block (chu-ban)
Henry L. Phillips Collection, Bequest of Henry L. Phillips, 1939
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.