Love that Rarely Meets (Mare ni au koi) from the series Anthology of Poems: The Love Section (Kasen koi no bu)

「歌撰恋之部 稀ニ逢恋」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1793–94 (Kansei 5–6)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Tsutaya Jûzaburô (Kôshodô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #137; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #29.5, and pl. 44; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 48.2.1

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 39 x 25.6 cm (15 3/8 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.14324

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.14324, 34.257 (lacks title, signature, and publisher’s mark)

Signed

Utamaro hitsu
歌麿筆

Markings

No censor's seal
改印:なし

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection