Poem by Somaru, from the series Fashionable Versions of Ink in Five Colors (Fûryû goshiki-zumi)

風流五色墨 「素丸」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1768 (Meiwa 5)
Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #325; Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #80; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #324.5, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 319

Dimensions

Vertical chuban; 28.2 x 20.9 cm (11 1/8 x 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.22149

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions of prints in the series: 21.8179 (title page), 21.4441 (Chôsui), 11.19452 (Sôzui), 21.4972 (Shiseki), 21.4440 and 11.22149 (Somaru)

Inscription

Poem by Somaru: Toshi wasure/ zatô hitori no/ Asahiyama

Signed

Harunobu ga

春信画

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