Enjoying the Evening Cool at Ryôgoku Bridge: Women Acrobats from Osaka (Ôsaka kudari onna karuwaza)

両国夕涼み 「大阪下り女かるわさ」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1802 (Kyôwa 2)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Yamaguchiya Chûemon (Chûsuke) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 13 (1981), p. 177, figs. 160-2 (complete triptych); Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #423; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 25.3.1-3 (complete triptych)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 39 x 26.1 cm (15 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

RES.51.22

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Left sheet of incomplete triptych.
A banner advertising the “Women Acrobats from Osaka” appears in the background. It is not clear whether the women in the pleasure boats are the acrobats themselves, or (more likely) spectators.

Signed

Utamaro hitsu
歌麿筆

Markings

No censor's seal
改印:なし

Provenance

1951, gift of Louis W. Black to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 11, 1951)

Credit Line

Gift of Louis W. Black