Harunobu: Beauty with Moon and Cuckoo
Artist: Suzuki Harunobu
Title: Beauty with Moon and Cuckoo
Series: The Series Allegory of the Six Poets (Fûryû rokkasen)
Date: ca. 1768
A beauty looks up at a cuckoo passing near the moon, her thoughts with her lover. The stream beneath her verandah is beatified with blooming flowers. The poem is by Gotokudaiji Sadaijin: “hototogisu nakatsuru kata o nagemureba tada ariake no tsukizo nokoreru.“ (Watching a little cuckoo flying past, chirping//Iturned to follow it but I found only the moon in the dawn, echoing its chirping). The colors are extranordinarily fresh, and the paper is completely untrimmed.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Literature: The Harvard Museum of Art has this design in its collection.
Signature: Harunobu ga