Winter Pleasures (Fuyu no raku), from the series Songs of the Four Seasons (Shiki no nagame)

「四季の詠 冬の樂」

Japanese
Edo period
1853 (Kaei 6), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kuniteru I (Sadashige) (Japanese, active about 1820–60), Publisher Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G430-02 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.2 x 77.3 cm (14 5/8 x 30 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.16228-30

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.16228 (right), 11.16229 (center), 11.16230 (left)

Signed

Kuniteru ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
国輝画

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu, Ox 2
No blockcutter's mark
改印:福、村松、丑二
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: 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