Maple Leaf Viewing
Suzuki Harunobu was one of the first masters of the full-color print. He specialized in depicting slim, fashionable young people and often added sly literary references. This image shows a trio of people standing in front of a waterfall, which is quite faded but still visible as a backdrop of vertical gray lines. The young man wields a fan decorated with a verse that quotes (roughly) from a classical Chinese poem, “Gazing at the Waterfall of Mount Lushan,” by Li Bai, giving the scene a tinge of irony: whereas the contemplative poem tells of being enthralled by the beauty of nature, the young people depicted ignore such lofty concerns in favor of their flirtations.
Color woodblock print on paper.
"Harunobu" lower left
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Gift of Louis V. Ledoux
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Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1724-1770). Maple Leaf Viewing, ca. 1769. Color woodblock print on paper., 11 x 8 3/16 in. (28 x 20.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Louis V. Ledoux, 39.568 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 39.568_IMLS_SL2.jpg)
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