The Trigram Zhen, Thunder: Difficulties, Night Rain of the Candle (Shin, rôsoku no yoru no ame), from the series Eight Views of Incidents in Daily Life: Women Representing the Eight Trigrams (Ningen banji ômi hakkei)

「人間万事愛婦美八卦意 (震)辛 蝋燭の夜の雨」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1849–50 (Kaei 2–3)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Yamaguchiya Tôbei (Kinkôdô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

The series: Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), list #108

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 25.5 cm (14 3/4 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42954

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The series title puns on “Eight Views of Ômi” and “Feminine Beauty for the Eight Trigrams” (the symbols used in Chinese-style fortune-telling).
Each print shows a kanji character in a magnifying glass (used by a fortune-teller to study the physiognomy of a client) that sounds like the Japanese name of the trigram depicted above it, but actually refers to the circumstances shown in the print.

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura
No blockcutter's mark
改印:村松、吉村
彫師: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: January 19, 2005)

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