Young Couple Dressed as Komusô, After a Picture by the Old Master Suzuki Harunobu (Kojin Suzuki Harunobu zu)

虚無僧姿の男女 「故人鈴木春信図」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1794 (Kansei 6)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Murataya Jirobei (Eiyûdô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Suzuki Harunobu (exh. cat., 2017), #149; Asano and Clark 1995, #169; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #210; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 251.1.1; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #395

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.8 x 25.5 cm (15 1/4 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.14233

Medium or Technique

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

Out on Loan

On display at Chiba City Museum of Art, Japan, September 6, 2017 – October 23, 2017

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.14233, 21.6569

Signed

Kitagawa Utamaro sha (copied by Kitagawa Utamaro)
喜多川歌麿写

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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