Harunobu, Sandpiper
Harunobu, Reading
Harunobu, Verandah

Suzuki Harunobu, ca. 1724-70

Three Evenings
each signed Suzuki Harunobu ga, ca. 1768

These three prints comprise an untitled series known as the Three Evenings; each composition with a rectangular cartouche enclosing consecutive verses that refer to the evening from section four of the Shin Kokinshu (a collection of waka verse compiled in 1206)

For poem translations and comparison with a complete set assembled by the British Museum, see Waterhouse, Harunobu and his Age, nos. 30, 31 and 32, where he notes the subject and compositions of the three prints are derived from a single page from Ehon Yamato hiji (1735-42), vol. I by Nishikawa Sukenobu (1671-1750), entitled Sanseki ittai zu, which is a composite illustration of three consecutive Shin kokinshu poems.

Collected and Cherished, Japanese Art in Dutch Private Collections 1600-1900, Society for Japanese Art, Westfries Museum in Hoorn, The Netherlands, September 2nd - October 22, 2000

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Harunobu, Sandpiper

Autumn Evening by the Marsh, with Sandpiper

chuban tate-e 11 1/8 by 8 in., 28.3 by 20.4 cm

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

Against my will a
feeling of wistfulness has
crept into my heart...
on the marsh where the snipe starts up
in the autumn at sundown
— Saigyo Hoshi (1118-1190)

Harunobu, Reading

Reading on an Autumn Evening

chuban tate-e 11 1/8 by 8 1/8 in., 28.4 by 20.5 cm

Sabishisa wa
sono iro to shi mo
maki tatsu yama no
aki no yugure

even the warmth of colors
is for it absent...
where black firs grow, the mountains
in the autumn at sundown
— Jakuren Hoshi

Harunobu, Verandah

On a Verandah Overlooking Water

chuban tate-e 11 1/8 by 8 1/8 in., 28.3 by 20.5 cm
hana mo momiji mo
ura no tomaya no
aki no yugure

As far as the eye
can see, neither blossom nor red maple are there...
just a thatched hut by the shore
in the autumn at sundown
— Gonchunagon Sadaie (Teika, 1162-1241)


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