New Year's Day at the Ôgi-ya in the Yoshiwara

吉原遊廓の景

Japanese
Edo period
about 1808–13 (mid Bunka era)
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)


Catalogue Raisonné

Lane, Hokusai: Life and Work (1989), pp. 155 and 170; Ukiyo-e shûka 16 (1981), p. 230, vertical ôban #16; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 8 (1981), #166

Dimensions

Vertical ôban pentaptych; 38.5 x 130 cm (15 3/16 x 51 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.17688-17689, 11.17695-17697

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Pentaptych: 11.17688 (L), 11.17689 (CL), 11.17695 (R), 11.17696 (CR), 11.17697 (C)

MFA impressions: 11.17688VR (11.17688-9, 11.17695-7), 21.7607-11

Signed

Katsushika Hokusai ga (on right sheet only)
葛飾北斎画

Markings

Censor's seals: kiwame, Moriya Jihei (on left sheet only)
改印:極、森治

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