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Moon through Leaves: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Judging from the series title for this print, Hiroshige intended to design twenty-eight images inspired by the moon. Today, only two designs are known, suggesting that he abandoned the idea shortly after beginning. For this image, Hiroshige was inspired by a poem originally published in the Wakan Ro_eishu_ (Anthology of Chinese and Japanese Poems for Recitation), compiled in the 11th century by the courtier Fujiwara Kinto_:

It is not unbearable to see maple leaves fall,

Scattering on the mass-covered ground.

It is unbearable to feel the wind grow chilly

And see the whole sky darkening.

(trans. by Yoko Woodson)

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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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Added to Site: March 11, 2009