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  • Dancer Performing the Lion Dance (Shakkyô)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1765 (Meiwa 2)
    Artist Unknown, Japanese, Designer Chikurô (Japanese, active 1765), Blockcutter Uemura Senpû (Japanese, active 1765)

    Description

    Signed

    Unsigned 無款

    Markings

    Designer's seal: Chikurô Blockcutter's mark: Chôkô Uemura Senpû

    Provenance

    Purchased

    Credit Line

    General Funds

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #685; Ukiyo-e shûka supp. 2 (1982), pl. 650

    Dimensions

    Horizontal chûban; 22.4 x 27.5 cm (8 13/16 x 10 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    00.4

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • The Guitar Player

    Portrait of Alessandro Achillini (Giovanni Philotheo da Bologna)

    about 1509
    Marcantonio Raimondi (Italian, 1480–1527/34), Possibly after Francesco Francia (Italian, about 1450–after 1526)

    Description

    Markings

    Verso, bottom left, stamped in blue ink, the mark of the Cabinet Brentano-Birkenstock, Vienna and Frankfurt (Lugt 345); verso, lower right, stamped in violet ink (almost completely faded), the mark of the MFA Harvey D. Parker Collection (Lugt 1870)

    Provenance

    Cabinet Brentano-Birkenstock, Vienna and Frankfurt (Lugt 345); Henry F. Sewall, New York (1816-1896)(Lugt 1309); purchased by MFA November 1897

    Credit Line

    Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Bartsch XIV, 349, 469; Passavant 276

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 18.4 x 13.4 cm (7 1/4 x 5 1/4 in.)(trimmed within the platemark)

    Accession Number

    P1205

    Medium or Technique

    Engraving

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • Geisha and Biwa (Japanese Lute) from the series Beautiful Women and Music (Bijin to onkyoku)

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    1905
    Fujishima Takeji (Japanese, 1867–1943 Japanese), Publisher Sunbikai

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Ex. Jaeger Collection Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fractional gift of Lauder (Accession date: March 20, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.916

    Medium or Technique

    Color woodblock and stencil; organic and inorganic colorants, metallic pigment on Japanese paper adhered to card stock

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Postcards

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  • Boy Singing

    1627
    Hendrick ter Brugghen (Dutch, 1588–1629)

    Description

    Like many artists from the Dutch city of Utrecht, Ter Brugghen admired the vividly naturalistic figures and dramatic lighting in paintings by the early seventeenth-century Italian painter, Caravaggio. These artists often dressed their figures in colorful costumes similar to those worn by street entertainers and very different from the sober, black-and-white garments worn by men and women of the time. The singer’s open mouth and raised right hand, beating time, give this picture a lively and engaging sense of the moment.

    Inscription

    Center right: HTBrugghen fecit 16 27 (HTB joined)

    Provenance

    October 18, 1819, possibly Gottfried Winkler sale, Leipzig, lot 7. December 16, 1885, possibly D. M. Alewijn sale, Amsterdam, lot 24 [see note 1]. 1957, Oliver Francis Lambart (b. 1913 - d. 1986), 2nd Bt., Beau Parc, County Meath, Ireland [see note 2]. 1958, Leggatt Brothers, London; 1958, sold by Leggatt to Knoedler and Co., London and New York (stock no. A6965) [see note 3]; 1958, sold by Knoedler to the MFA for $27,000.00. (Accession Date: October 9, 1958) NOTES: [1] Leonard J. Slatkes and Wayne Franits, The Paintings of Hendrick ter Brugghen: Catalogue Raisonné (Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2007), cat. A85, pp. 207-208, have tentatively identified this painting with a composition by Gerrit van Honthorst, representing a young man with a feathered hat singing from a notebook, which appeared in the Winkler sale in 1819 (measuring about 81 x 67.5 cm) and the Alewijn sale in 1885 (measuring 80 x 62 cm). The MFA painting measures 85.2 x 73.6 cm. [2] When Lambart lent the painting to the exhibition "Paintings from Irish Collections," (Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, 1957, cat. no. 95), it was attributed to Gerrit van Honthorst. [3] According to information provided by the Getty Provenance Index, Knoedler owned the painting jointly with Abdy.

    Credit Line

    Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 85.2 x 73.6cm (33 9/16 x 29in.) Framed: 104.8 x 93.3 cm (41 1/4 x 36 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    58.975

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    On View

    Art of the Netherlands in the 17th Century Gallery (Gallery 242)

    Collections

    Europe

    Classifications

    Paintings

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  • Dance Performance with Musical Accompaniment

    Dancing and Music: Osaka Dancers (Maiko)
    Kabu onkyoku zu

    Japanese
    Edo period to Meiji era
    1850s–1860s
    Ichiyôtei Yoshitaki (Japanese, active about 1854–1887 Japanese)

    Description

    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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Ukiyo-483

    Dimensions

    Image: 103.8 x 49 cm (40 7/8 x 19 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.7481

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Paintings

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  • Street Performers Presenting the Lion Dance

    Daikagura zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about Genroku (1688–1704) to Hoei (1704–11) era
    Hishikawa Morohira (Japanese, dates unknown)

    Description

    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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Ukiyo-046; Clark, Morse, Virgin, and Hockley, Dawn of the Floating World (2000-1), #17

    Dimensions

    25.9 x 38.2 cm (10 3/16 x 15 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.7621

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on silk

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

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    Paintings

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  • Girl dancing

    Greek
    Classical Period
    mid fourth century B.C.

    Place of Manufacture: Thebes, Boiotia, Greece

    Description

    Girl, dancing. Himation girt and upper part flung in a circle above her head. On a low pedestal.

    Provenance

    By 1903: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: From Thebes); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24, 2007

    Credit Line

    Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900

    Details

    Dimensions

    17.5 cm (6 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    03.891

    Medium or Technique

    Terracotta

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Sculpture

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  • Women Performing "Manzai"

    Onna Manzai zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1781–1801 (late Tenmei to early Kansei era)
    Utagawa Toyoharu (Japanese, 1735–1814)

    Description

    Signed

    Signed Ichiriusai Utagawa Toyoharu.

    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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Ukiyo-316; Drama and Desire (2007), cat. no. 51

    Dimensions

    Image: 98.2 x 43.8 cm (38 11/16 x 17 1/4 in.) Overall: 213.5 x 67 cm (84 1/16 x 26 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.7843

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink, color, and mica on silk

    On View

    Walter Ames Compton, MD Gallery (Gallery 280)

    Collections

    Asia

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    Paintings

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  • Perspective Picture: Gidayu Performance in a Reception Room

    Ukiyo zashiki gidayu kyogen zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about Genbun (1736–41) to Kanpo (1741–44) era
    Miyagawa Shunsui (Japanese, dates unknown)

    Description

    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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Ukiyo-103

    Dimensions

    Image: 51.3 x 67.5 cm (20 3/16 x 26 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.7781

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

    Not On View

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    Asia

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    Paintings

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  • Lute Player

    about 1640
    Attributed to Jean de Reyn (French, about 1610–1678)

    Description

    Provenance

    Possibly Victor Amadeus I, Prince of Carignano (b. 1690 - d. 1741), Paris; July 30, 1742, possibly in the Carignano sale, Hôtel de Soissons, Paris, and sold for 400 fr. [see note 1]. Jean Paris de Montmartel (b. 1690 - d. 1766), Brunoy, France; December 2, 1776, posthumous Montmartel sale, Paris, lot 23, sold for 6000 fr. to Jean-Baptiste-Pierre Lebrun (b. 1748 - d. 1813), Paris. 1780, Antoine Poullain, Paris; March 20, 1780, Poullain sale, lot 34, sold for 2436 fr. to M. de Courmont. 1787, Sir John Lambert (b. 1728 - d. 1799), 3d Bt., Paris; March 27, 1787, Lambert sale, Paris, lot 62, sold for 1800 fr. to Jean-Baptiste-Pierre Lebrun, Paris. By 1808, Lucien Bonaparte (b. 1775 - d. 1840), 1st Prince de Canino, Rome [see note 2]; February 6, 1815, Bonaparte sale, through William Buchanan, New Gallery, Pall Mall, London, lot 157, unsold; May 15, 1816, Bonaparte sale, George Stanley, London, lot 102, sold for £84 to George Stanley. 1853, sold by a Mr. Smith (possibly John Smith, b. 1781 - d. 1855) to Sir Thomas Baring (b. 1799 - d. 1873), Stratton Park, Hampshire, England [see note 3]; until 1930, by descent through the Earls of Northbrook at Stratton Park; about 1930, sold by the Earls of Northbrook to P. and D. Colnaghi and Co., London; 1934, sold by Colnaghi to the MFA for $8506. (Accession Date: October 4, 1934) NOTES: [1] According to Théodore Lejeune, Guide Théoretique et Pratique de L'Amateur de Tableaux, vol. 2 (Paris, 1864), p. 364. Attributed to van Dyck in this sale and in all subsequent collections until its purchase from Colnaghi. [2] Galleria del Senatore Luciano Bonaparte, Rome, 1808, no. 43, "Il suonatore di Guitarra, di Vandick". See Marina Natoli, "Lucien Bonaparte, le sue collezioni d'arte e le sue dimore a Roma e nel Lazio (1804-1840)," Paragone Arte 41 (November, 1990), p. 104. [3] According to information provided by Colnaghi at the time of the painting's sale. The painting was lent under the name of Thomas Baring to the Royal Academy in 1870 (cat. no. 38), and that of the Earl of Northbrook to the "Exhibition of Works of Sir Anthony Van Dyck" (Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1887, cat. no. 5), to the "Exhibition of Works by Van Dyck" (Royal Academy, London, 1900, cat. no. 86), and Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1912 (cat. no. 33). After Thomas Baring's death in 1873 the painting passed to his nephew, Thomas George Baring (b. 1826 - d. 1904), 1st Earl of Northbrook.

    Credit Line

    Maria Antoinette Evans Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    157.5 x 114.0 cm (62 x 44 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    34.541

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe

    Classifications

    Paintings

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  • Oil flask (lekythos) with Eros playing double flute

    Greek
    Early Classical Period
    470–460 B.C.
    the Providence Painter

    Place of Manufacture: Athens, Attica, Greece

    Description

    Eros, a winged youth, flying, profile to right, playing the double flutes.

    Provenance

    By 1900: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From Gela.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, February 1900

    Credit Line

    Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Caskey-Beazley, Attic Vase Paintings (MFA), no. 087.

    Dimensions

    Height x diameter: 33.8 x 11.8 cm (13 5/16 x 4 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    00.341

    Medium or Technique

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    Not On View

    Collections

    The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Vessels

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  • Music Lesson

    1870
    Edouard Manet (French, 1832–1883)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower left: Manet

    Provenance

    February 4-5, 1884, Manet estate sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, lot 3, sold for 4400 francs to Durand-Ruel, Paris. Henri Rouart (b. 1833 - d. 1912), Paris; December 9-11, 1912, Rouart estate sale, Galerie Manzi-Joyant, Paris, lot 235, sold for 120,000 fr. to Knoedler and Co., Paris and New York (stock no. 13049); November, 1916, sold by Knoedler to Charles Deering (b. 1852 - d. 1927), Chicago [see note 1]; about 1924, by descent to an anonymous donor; 1969, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 23, 1969) NOTES: [1] Getty Provenance Index, M. Knoedler and Co. Records, PI record no. K-22964 (stock book 6, no. 13049, p. 49). www.getty.edu/research/tools/provenance.

    Credit Line

    Anonymous Centennial gift in memory of Charles Deering

    Details

    Dimensions

    141.0 x 173.1 cm (55 1/2 x 68 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    69.1123

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe

    Classifications

    Paintings

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  • Stuffed Shirts (Les Plastrons)

    1900
    Pablo Picasso (Spanish (worked in France), 1881–1973)

    Description

    Inspired by the café-concerts and music halls he visited during his second trip to Paris, here the young Picasso captured, in the vein of Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec, the spectacle of modern entertainment.

    Inscription

    Upper left: PR Picasio [sic]

    Provenance

    1901, possibly Eugène Blot (b. 1857), Paris [see note 1]. By 1931, Josef Stransky (b. 1872 - d. 1936), New York; 1936, after Stransky's death, consigned to Wildenstein and Co., London [see note 2]. By 1969, Julia Appleton (Mrs. Charles Sumner) Bird (b. 1894 - d. 1983), East Walpole, MA; 1970, gift of Mrs. Charles Sumner Bird to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 26, 1970) NOTES: [1] This may be the painting lent by Eugène Blot to the Galerie Ambroise Vollard, June 25-July 14, 1901, no. 54 ("Chanteuse"). Ralph Flint, "The Private Collection of Joseph Stransky," Art News 29, no. 33 (May 16, 1931), p. 88, gives the provenance of the painting as Blot, Paris. [2] Exhibited at " 'Collection of a Collector': Modern French Paintings from Ingres to Matisse (The Private Collection of the late Josef Stransky," Wildenstein, London, July 1936, cat. no. 28.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Charles Sumner Bird (Julia Appleton Bird)

    Copyright

    © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

    Details

    Dimensions

    13.6 x 22.5 cm (5 3/8 x 8 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1970.475

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on panel

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe

    Classifications

    Paintings

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  • Harmony

    1901
    Artist Gertrude Käsebier (American, 1852–1934)

    Description

    Provenance

    Mina Turner, New York; gift June 1973.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mina Turner

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 22.0 x 28.9 cm (8 11/16 x 11 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1973.470

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, platinum print with hand additions to negative

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Photography

    Classifications

    Photographs

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  • The Procuress

    1622
    Dirck van Baburen (Dutch, 1590 to 1595–1624)

    Description

    Baburen was one of several painters from Utrecht, in Holland, who went to study and work in Rome. Profoundly influenced by the Italian painter Caravaggio and his followers, they specialized in close-up views of large, half-length figures, solidly modelled with emphatic contrasts of light and shadow. Here, an amorous suitor barters with an elderly, turbanned woman for the favors of a cheerful young woman. The lute, symbol of love, occupies the center of the composition; the gestures of the hands that surround it tell the painting’s story.

    Inscription

    Lower left, on base of lute: TBaburen f 16 [...] (T anb B joined)

    Provenance

    1641, possibly Maria Thins (b. about 1593 - d. 1680), Delft [see note 1]; possibly by inheritance to her daughter, Catharina Bolnes (b. 1631 - d. 1688) and her husband, Johannes Vermeer (b. 1632 - d. 1675), Delft [see note 2]; possibly by inheritance to their son, Johannes Johannesz. Vermeer (b. about 1663 - d. 1713), Delft [see note 3]. Possibly Sir Hans Sloane (b. 1660 - d. 1753), London [see note 4]; possibly by descent within the Sloane family to Lt. Col. Ronald Francis Assheton Sloane-Stanley (b. 1867 - d. 1949), Cowes, Isle of Wight; February 25, 1949, Sloane-Stanley sale, Christie's, London, lot 52 [see note 5], to Colnaghi on behalf of Roderic Thesiger (dealer), Beaconsfield, England; 1950, sold by Thesiger to the MFA for $1960. (Accession Date: June 8, 1950) NOTES: [1] Maria Thins (or Tin) was divorced from her husband, Reinier Bolnes, in 1641. A document of November 27, 1641 that divides the marital property lists "A painting of a procuress pointing in the hand" ("Een schilderije daer en coppelerste die in de hant wijst"); this has been identified with the MFA painting. See Albert Blankert, Vermeer of Delft: Complete edition of the paintings (Oxford: Phaidon, 1978), pp. 145-146, document 7. However, Wayne Franits has cast doubts on this hypothesis, suggesting instead that the Thins family owned a replica of the MFA work; see The Paintings of Dirck van Baburen, ca 1592/93 - 1624: Catalogue Raisonné (Amsterdam, 2013), cat. A23, pp. 128-129. [2] The artist Johannes Vermeer incorporated the MFA picture (or, possibly, a copy after it; see above, n. 1) into the background of two of his own paintings: The Concert, about 1665-66 (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston) and A Lady Seated at the Virginals, about 1673-75 (National Gallery, London). [3] Ben Broos, Great Dutch Paintings from America (exh. cat. Mauritshuis, The Hague, 1990), cat. no. 5, pp. 149-152. It is not known for certain what happened to the articles in the artist's estate after his death; Anthony van Leeuwenhoek was the estate adminstrator. [4] This painting has not been identified among the documents of the collector Sir Hans Sloane, but the fact that its owner in 1949, Col. Sloane-Stanley, was his descendent has led to the hypothesis that it was passed down in the family. When it was purchased in 1950, the painting's frame had an old, English language inscription on it, suggesting that it had been in England since the eighteenth or early nineteenth century. See Broos 1990 (as above, n. 3) and a letter from Thesiger to W. G. Constable of the MFA (March 15, 1950), in the MFA object file. [5] Attributed in the auction catalogue to Honthorst.

    Credit Line

    M. Theresa B. Hopkins Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    101.6 x 107.6 cm (40 x 42 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    50.2721

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    On View

    Art of the Netherlands in the 17th Century Gallery (Gallery 242)

    Collections

    Europe

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  • Yvette Guilbert--At the Ambassadeurs café concert

    Yvette Guilbert— Aux Ambassadeurs

    1894
    Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (French (born in Switzerland), 1859–1923)

    Description

    One of the most famous celebrities of her day, Yvette Guilbert developed a signature style (slim gown and long black gloves) and a unique way of half-singing and half-speaking popular songs by Montmartre writers such as Aristide Bruant. She was a savvy self-promoter and commissioned her own publicity posters.

    Provenance

    1962, gift of Arthur E. and Charlotte Z. Vershbow, Newton, MA, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 19, 1962)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Vershbow

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Bargiel and Zagrodzki 15; de Crauzat 493

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 185.7 x 79.7 cm (73 1/8 x 31 3/8 in.) Framed: 196.9 x 90.8 x 2.5 cm (77 1/2 x 35 3/4 x 1 in.)

    Accession Number

    62.927

    Medium or Technique

    Poster, color lithograph

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints, Posters

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  • Cambodian Dancer

    1906
    Auguste (René) Rodin (French, 1840–1917)

    Description

    Provenance

    Denman W. Ross (1853-1935, MA); acquired December 1907

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 32.2 x 24.9 cm (12 11/16 x 9 13/16 in.) Framed: 58.7 x 44.8 cm (23 1/8 x 17 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    08.187

    Medium or Technique

    Graphite pencil, crayon, and watercolor on paper

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Drawings

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  • The End Men

    about 1914
    Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American (born in Canada), 1858–1924)

    Description

    Inscription

    l. l. in red watercolor: Prendergast On the verso is a seascape in watercolor and graphite pencil, unfinished and unsigned.

    Provenance

    The artist; to Charles Prendergast, 1924; to Mrs. Charles Prendergast, 1948; to Kraushaar Galleries, New York; purchased by MFA, October 9, 1958.

    Credit Line

    The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Matthews, Owens 1217

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 31.4 x 41.6 cm (12 3/8 x 16 3/8 in.) Framed: 49.8 x 59.7 cm (19 5/8 x 23 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    58.980

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Watercolors

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  • Sappho or Corinne

    1809
    Unidentified artist, French, 19th century (French), Formerly attributed to Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (French, 1780–1867)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower left, pen and brown ink: (Ingres signature) / 1809.

    Markings

    PDP Watermark Type: Fortune and van der ley

    Provenance

    Private collection, Paris; sale, Paris, 24 March 1879, lot 164; [Madame de Maisonneuve, Paris]; Wildenstein & Co., New York; Forsyth Wickes (1876-1964, New York, Paris, Rhode Island) purchased 4 November 1952 (as Ingres); acquired by bequest Devember 24,1965

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 22.1 x 29.2cm (8 11/16 x 11 1/2 in.) Framed: 44.8 x 52.1 cm (17 5/8 x 20 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    65.2579

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Watercolors

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  • Statuette of a woman dancing

    Greek, South Italian
    Greco-Roman Period

    Description

    Statuette of woman dancing. Her arms raised to right, her head turned to left. She wears a diaphanous himation.

    Provenance

    By 1912: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: from Monte Leone.); gift of E. P. Warren to MFA, January 2, 1913

    Credit Line

    Gift of Edward Perry Warren

    Details

    Dimensions

    14.3 cm (5 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    13.116

    Medium or Technique

    Terracotta

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Sculpture

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  • Dancing Courtesans

    Maiko zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Kan'ei (1624–44) to Keian (1648–52) era
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description

    Provenance

    1917 gift of Denman Waldo Ross.

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Ukiyo-007-(09)

    Dimensions

    75.3 x 37.4 cm (29 5/8 x 14 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1083

    Medium or Technique

    One from a set of eleven panels; ink and color on gold-leafed paper

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  • Study of a Woman Dancing

    (Green Drapery, Hands Together at Breast)

    1917
    Abraham Walkowitz (American (born in Russia), 1878–1965)

    Description

    Inscription

    bottom center black ink: A. Walkowitz bottom center graphite: 1917

    Provenance

    Louis Schapiro, Rockport, MA; gift to MFA, October 10, 1940.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Louis Schapiro

    Copyright

    Courtesy Zabriskie Gallery, New York

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 35.5 x 21.7 cm (14 x 8 9/16 in.) Mount: 43.0 x 30.0 cm (16 15/16 x 11 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    40.633

    Medium or Technique

    Pen and black ink, graphite pencil and watercolor on paper

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  • Isadora Duncan, in Green, Dancing

    Figure in Green - Dancing (Isadora Duncan)

    1920
    Abraham Walkowitz (American (born in Russia), 1878–1965)

    Description

    Provenance

    Ananda K. Coomaraswamy; gift to MFA, October 5, 1933.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

    Copyright

    Courtesy Zabriskie Gallery, New York

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 35.6 x 21.6 cm (14 x 8 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    33.595

    Medium or Technique

    Pen and black ink, graphite pencil and watercolor on paper

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  • Dancing celestial figure (apsara)

    Khmer
    Angkor Period
    Late 11th century

    Object Place: Cambodia

    Description

    Provenance

    1922, gift of Denman Waldo Ross (b. 1853 - d. 1935), Cambridge, MA, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 2, 1922)

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    39.3 cm (15 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    22.686

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

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  • Sketch for Dancing Figures - Central Figure - (MFA Rotunda)

    1917–21
    John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925)

    Description

    Inscription

    Recto in graphite pencil: l.r.: MFA 10.2.19 (Fox number); 21.2509 Verso in red pencil(?): u.l.: 21.2509

    Provenance

    The artist, gift to MFA November 3, 1921

    Credit Line

    Gift of the artist for the benefit of the Museum School

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 63 x 48 cm (24 13/16 x 18 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.2509

    Medium or Technique

    Charcoal on paper

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  • Study of a Woman Dancing

    (Crimson Drapery, Left Knee High, Arms Spread)

    Abraham Walkowitz (American (born in Russia), 1878–1965)

    Description

    Provenance

    Louis Schapiro, Rockport, MA; gift to MFA, October 10, 1940.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Louis Schapiro

    Copyright

    Courtesy Zabriskie Gallery, New York

    Details

    Dimensions

    35.4 x 21.6 cm (13 15/16 x 8 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    40.634

    Medium or Technique

    Pen and black ink, graphite pencil and watercolor on paper

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  • Two Dancing Bacchantes and a Putto

    French
    1800
    Claude Michel, called Clodion (French, 1738–1814)

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    Two young bacchantes and a putto, each poised on one foot, stand on a circular base. The central bacchante is nude except for a strap that crosses her torso diagonally and catches a finely folded drapery that falls over her left shoulder, around her back and over her right thigh, passing between her legs. Her long hair is parted in the middle, drawn up in a knot at the back of her head, with loose curls falling over her left shoulder and down her back. She holds a bunch of grapes in her right hand and her left hand is interlaced with the right hand of the second bacchante. Her weight is balanced on her right foot, with her left foot extended in a dancing position. The second bacchante seems to run forward, her weight on her right foot with her left leg extended behind her. She wears a thin chiton that is loosely attached at her left shoulder falling below her breasts where it is held by a diagonal band across her torso which also catches an animal skin at her right side. The thinly pleated long garment is open over her knees. Her hair is dressed like her companion’s except that she wears a crown of grape leaves. Her left arm extends out to her side, her right arm is raised with her hand entwined with her companion’s. The little male putto clings to the drapery at the back of the central figure with his left hand, and balancing on the toes of his left foot, kicks his right foot forward. He holds a stick with a bunch of grape leaves over his right shoulder and is nude except for a diagonal strip of leaves across his torso. In his hair he wears a crown of grape leaves. On the ground behind the central figure is a tambourine filled with grapes.

    Inscription

    Signed and dated on back of base; incised in clay before firing: CLODION./1800

    Provenance

    Baron Gustave de Rothschild (b. 1829 - d. 1911), Paris; by descent to his daughter, Baroness Lucie de Rothschild Lambert (b. 1863 - d. 1916), Brussels; by descent to her son, Baron Henri de Lambert (b. 1887 - d. 1933), Brussels and New York [see note 1]. 1946, Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York; January 21, 1946, sold by Rosenberg and Stiebel to Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA (Accession Date: December 24, 1965) NOTES: [1] The provenance of this object, pertaining to the Rothschild and Lambert families, is provided by the sale receipt from Rosenberg and Stiebel to Forsyth Wickes (January 21, 1946). The Rothschild family consigned many works of art to Rosenberg and Stiebel, although it has not been determined whether this object passed directly from their possession to that of the gallery.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 45cm (17 11/16 in.), diameter of base: 17 cm (6 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    65.2212

    Medium or Technique

    Terracotta

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  • Dancing Wife

    Japanese
    Taisho-early Showa era
    Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Y. Torii (Japanese Japanese)

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    ex. Jaeger Collection Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fractional gift of Lauder (Accession date: March 20, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 8.8 x 13.8 cm (3 7/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.18730

    Medium or Technique

    Collotype with hand coloring; ink on card stock

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  • Dancing Figures

    1916–18
    John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925)

    Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Credit Line

    Gift of Adio di Biccari

    Details

    Dimensions

    28.57 x 19.68 x 2.54 cm (11 1/4 x 7 3/4 x 1 in.)

    Accession Number

    1992.224

    Medium or Technique

    Plaster

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  • Musical Comedy - Dancing

    1912
    Charles Demuth (American, 1883–1935)

    Description

    Inscription

    Top right in pen: C.D. 1912.

    Provenance

    Nathaniel Saltonstall, Boston, MA; gift to MFA, March 9, 1966.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Nathaniel Saltonstall

    Details

    Dimensions

    22.5 x 14.6cm (8 7/8 x 5 3/4in.)

    Accession Number

    66.223

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper

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  • Dancing Courtesans

    Maiko zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Kan'ei (1624–44) to Keian (1648–52) era
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description

    Provenance

    1917 gift of Denman Waldo Ross.

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Ukiyo-007-(02)

    Dimensions

    75.3 x 37.4 cm (29 5/8 x 14 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1093

    Medium or Technique

    One from a set of eleven panels; ink and color on gold-leafed paper

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  • Dancing Courtesans

    Maiko zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Kan'ei (1624–44) to Keian (1648–52) era
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description

    Provenance

    1917 gift of Denman Waldo Ross.

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

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    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Ukiyo-007-(03)

    Dimensions

    75.3 x 37.4 cm (29 5/8 x 14 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1092

    Medium or Technique

    One from a set of eleven panels; ink and color on gold-leafed paper

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  • Dancing Courtesans

    Maiko zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Kan'ei (1624–44) to Keian (1648–52) era
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description

    Provenance

    1917 gift of Denman Waldo Ross.

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

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    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Ukiyo-007-(11)

    Dimensions

    75.3 x 37.4 cm (29 5/8 x 14 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1086

    Medium or Technique

    One from a set of eleven panels; ink and color on gold-leafed paper

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  • Dancing Courtesans

    Maiko zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Kan'ei (1624–44) to Keian (1648–52) era
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description

    Provenance

    1917 gift of Denman Waldo Ross.

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

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    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Ukiyo-007-(04)

    Dimensions

    75.3 x 37.4 cm (29 5/8 x 14 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1085

    Medium or Technique

    One from a set of eleven panels; ink and color on gold-leafed paper

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  • Dancing Courtesans

    Maiko zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Kan'ei (1624–44)–Keian (1648–52) era
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description

    Provenance

    1917 gift of Denman Waldo Ross.

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

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    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Ukiyo-007-(10)

    Dimensions

    75.3 x 37.4 cm (29 5/8 x 14 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1084

    Medium or Technique

    One from a set of eleven panels; ink and color on gold-leafed paper

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  • Dancing Courtesans

    Maiko zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Kan'ei (1624–44) to Keian (1648–52) era
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description

    Provenance

    1917 gift of Denman Waldo Ross.

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

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    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Ukiyo-007-(06)

    Dimensions

    75.3 x 37.4 cm (29 5/8 x 14 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1087

    Medium or Technique

    One from a set of eleven panels; ink and color on gold-leafed paper

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  • Dancing Courtesans

    Maiko zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Kan'ei (1624–44) to Keian (1648–52) era
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description

    Provenance

    1917 gift of Denman Waldo Ross.

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

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    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Ukiyo-007-(07)

    Dimensions

    75.3 x 37.4 cm (29 5/8 x 14 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1088

    Medium or Technique

    One from a set of eleven panels; ink and color on gold-leafed paper

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  • Dancing Courtesans

    Maiko zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Kan'ei (1624–44) to Keian (1648–52)
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description

    Provenance

    1917 gift of Denman Waldo Ross.

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

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    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Ukiyo-007-(08)

    Dimensions

    75.3 x 37.4 cm (29 5/8 x 14 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1091

    Medium or Technique

    One from a set of eleven panels; ink and color on gold-leafed paper

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  • Dancing Courtesans

    Maiko zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Kan'ei (1624–44) to Keian (1644–52) era
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description

    Provenance

    1917 gift of Denman Waldo Ross.

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

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    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Ukiyo-007-(01)

    Dimensions

    75.3 x 37.4 cm (29 5/8 x 14 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1090

    Medium or Technique

    One from a set of eleven panels; ink and color on gold-leafed paper

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  • Dancing Courtesans

    Maiko zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Kan'ei (1624–44) to Keian (1648–52) era
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description

    Provenance

    1917 gift of Denman Waldo Ross.

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

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    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Ukiyo-007-(05)

    Dimensions

    75.3 x 37.4 cm (29 5/8 x 14 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1089

    Medium or Technique

    One from a set of eleven panels; ink and color on gold-leafed paper

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  • Kiki singing in a Montparnasse cabaret (Kiki Chantant dans un cabaret de Montparnasse)

    1933
    Brassaï (Gyula Halasz) (French (born in Hungary), 1899–1984)

    Description

    Inscription

    Recto in ink l. and r.: 13/30 and signature. Verso: various stamps of photographer and title, date, signature, and edition number in ink.

    Provenance

    Sander Gallery, Washington, D.C.; purchased June 1977.

    Credit Line

    Gift of David Bakalar

    Copyright

    Photograph by Brassaï. © Gilberte Brassaï.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 31.6 x 23.8 cm (12 7/16 x 9 3/8 in.) Sheet: 40.0 x 30.0 cm (15 3/4 x 11 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.597

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

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  • Singing by the Plum Garden (Baien shôka zu)

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    1887 (Meiji 20), December
    Publisher Ômori Kakutarô (Japanese)

    Description

    Triptych: RES.53.82 (left), RES.53.83 (center), RES.53.84 (right)

    Signed

    Yôshû Chikanobu hitsu (on right sheet only) 楊洲周延筆

    Markings

    Artist's seal: toshidama

    Provenance

    1953, gift of Louis Aaron Lebowich (b. 1880), Boston, to the MFA. Purchased by the donor in the United States, early 1950's

    Credit Line

    Gift of L. Aaron Lebowich

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Tanba, Nishiki-e ni miru Meiji tennô to Meiji jidai (1966), #109

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 35.4 x 71.6 cm (13 15/16 x 28 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    RES.53.82-4

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Musical Party

    Godaert Kamper (German (active in Holland), 1613 or 1614–1679)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower center, on edge of table: G. Kamp [...]

    Provenance

    Probably acquired in Europe by Delia Spencer (Mrs. Marshall) Field (b. 1854 - d. 1937), Washington, DC [see note 1]; by inhertance to her niece, Catherine Spencer (Mrs. Albert J.) Beveridge, Beverly Farms, MA; 1946, gift of Mrs. Albert J. Beveridge to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 12, 1946) NOTES: [1] According to information provided by Mrs. Beveridge, the painting was probably purchased by her aunt from a dealer abroad. At the time it was accessioned, it was attributed to Antonie Palamedesz.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Albert J. Beveridge in memory of Delia Spencer Field

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    Dimensions

    37.5 x 48 cm (14 3/4 x 18 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    46.842

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on panel

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  • Portrait of a Man Playing a Lute

    1576
    Bartolomeo Passarotti (Italian (Bolognese), 1529–1592)

    Description

    The man’s costume, with its prominent white lace collar and cuffs, is typical of Bolognese gentlemen in the period. Leaning informally against a table, he deftly strums his lute—possibly to the tune of the folded sheet of music beside him—while gazing at the viewer. The sheet is only partially decipherable and its text, which could contain clues to the sitter’s identity, has thus far eluded identification. The portrait, which bears a date in Roman numerals at upper right, was executed at the height of Passarotti’s career.

    Inscription

    Upper right: A N N O IVBILLEI BON / M D LXXVI

    Provenance

    By 1919, Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson, Boston (in 1948, at Mr. Thomson's death, it passed by inheritance to his widow); 1948, bequest of Mrs. William de Forest Thomson [see note 1]. (Accession Date: January 8, 1948) NOTES: [1] Accessioned as a work by Agostino Carracci.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Mrs. William de Forest Thomson

    Details

    Dimensions

    77 x 60 cm (30 5/16 x 23 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    48.55

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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  • Rehearsal of the Pasdeloup Orchestra at the Cirque d'Hiver

    about 1879–80
    John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925)

    Description

    Jules Etienne Pasdeloup (1819–1887) conducted an orchestra in Paris for nearly three decades in the latter half of the nineteenth century and was a champion of controversial modern composers. He rehearsed his orchestra at the Cirque d’Hiver, an ornate Second Empire indoor amphitheater. Sargent, an ardent amateur musician, frequently attended Pasdeloup’s concerts and depicted them several times. This picture is his most abstract treatment of the subject and represents one of his boldest experimentations with Impressionism. The picture’s monochrome palette, painterly execution, and energetic composition suggest both the dance of musical notes across a page and the vital sound of the music itself. This canvas was first owned by another expatriate American painter, Henry Bacon [13.1692], who reproduced it in his 1883 book Parisian Art and Artists; it may have been painted for him.
    In addition to this remarkable small painting, executed in Paris early in Sargent’s career, a larger version exists at the Art Institute of Chicago (on loan from a private collection). Both works represent Pasdeloup’s“Concerts Populaires,” held on Sunday afternoons in Paris from November to May between 1861 and 1887. The indoor amphitheater in which they took place stands in proximity to the place de la République in Paris’s eleventh arrondissement and still exists. Originally known as the Cirque Napoléon, the structure was built in 1852 under the charge of Jacques-Ignace Hittorff (1792–1867), who also directed the creation of the Gare du Nord and the decoration of the place de la Concorde. Although used primarily for the circus, then and now, the building also hosted other indoor entertainments. Pasdeloups’s program was an adventurous one, and many artists besides Sargent were attracted to his concerts, including Henri Fantin-Latour, Paul Sérusier, and Frédéric Bazille, [1]as well as the Americans Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Thomas Eakins. Paris’s music scene was vibrant, with both expensive operas and inexpensive cabarets attracting patrons. Musical events were particularly popular with expatriate Americans in the city, perhaps in part due to the irrelevance of the language barrier for the enjoyment of music; Pasdeloup’s inexpensive concerts facilitated their enjoyment of the Parisian cultural scene. Sargent himself was a gifted musician, perhaps even a brilliant one, with many musician friends; as Stanley Olson wrote, “music was John’s consuming interest, after painting. It was his chief pleasure and it became the nucleus of his social life.”[2] Sargent shared with Pasdeloup a special enthusiasm for Richard Wagner, Gabriel Fauré, and other progressive and sometimes controversial modern composers; the paintings he made of Pasdeloup’s orchestra confirm Sargent’s awareness of current trends in music, as do numerous textual sources.

    The American painter and critic William A. Coffin recalled going to the Pasdeloup concerts with Sargent: “Sargent, who dearly loved the music, was struck by the odd picturesqueness of the orchestra … seen in the middle of the amphitheater, the musician’s figures foreshortened from the high point of view on the rising benches, the necks of the bass-viols sticking up above their heads, the white sheets of music illuminated by little lamps on the racks … While he listened he looked, and … one day he took a canvas and painted his impression. He made an effective picture of it, broad, and full of color.”[3] This account must refer to the Chicago picture, which includes three colorfully dressed clowns seated in a balcony in the foreground of the composition. Earlier, the painter had made several quick pencil sketches [28.50] of the orchestra during a concert; [4]certain details of the sketches, including the timpanist and the conductor, were repeated in the two paintings.

    In the Boston picture, the painter reduced his palette to pure monochrome and condensed the composition by eliminating the foreground figures as well as two rows of the arena in the background; these unusual qualities render the painting unique in Sargent’s oeuvre, particularly when combined with his striking technique in the painting. Quickly executing thin washes of gray and black over a warm gray ground, rapidly adding touches of white for the sheets of music and the highlights on certain instruments, Sargent captured the ragged energy and motion—almost a sound—of the orchestra in an Impressionist experiment he would rarely repeat. Despite his limited use of such techniques, Sargent became interested in the work of a variety of avant-garde artists, perhaps facilitated by his teacher, Carolus-Duran, early in his career. By this time Sargent would have had many chances to see the work of Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, and other painters depicting the various cultural attraction provided by Paris’s sophisticated urban society. Degas was well known for his many works depicting audiences, musicians, and performers. His grisaille The Dance Class (Répétition d’un ballet sur la scène, 1874, Musée d’Orsay, Paris) provides a precedent for the young American’s experiment. Sargent made a drawing after Degas’s 1876 pastel L’Etoile (Sketch after Degas’s “L’Etoile,” about 1877, Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts), which he must have seen at the third Impressionist exhibition of 1877, confirming his interest in Degas’s work. Similar, if less pronounced, uses of avant-garde formal techniques (compressed perspective, oblique lighting, and others) continue in Sargent’s informal work and testify to his genuine interest in the painting of modern life practiced by his Impressionist contemporaries.

    Neither the Boston painting nor the larger Chicago version attracted much critical attention until recent years, and their dates and the order in which they were executed have puzzled scholars. Coffin arrived in Paris in 1877, and thus Stanley Olson’s dating of the Chicago version to November 1878, following Sargent’s trip to Naples and Capri, seems plausible. Though Sargent’s two early biographers, William Howe Downes (1925) and Evan Charteris (1927), both date the Boston picture to 1876, it seems much more likely—given its more confident handling and greater compositional sophistication—that it followed the Chicago picture and thus dates from 1879–80.

    Notes
    1. Elaine Brody, Paris: The Musical Kaleidoscope, 1870–1925 (New York: G. Braziller, 1987), 118, 131, 134.
    2. Stanley Olson, John Singer Sargent: His Portraits (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1986), 71.
    3. Quoted in Olson, John Singer Sargent, 54, and “Sargent and His Painting,” Century Magazine, June 1896.
    4. See Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1874–1882 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006), 189–93.

    This text was adapted and expanded by Carolyn J. Trench from Theodore E. Stebbins Jr.’s entry in John Singer Sargent, ed. ElaineKilmurray and Richard Ormond, exh. cat. (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1998).

    Inscription

    Lower right: rehearsal at the Cirque/d'Hiver/John S. Sargent

    Provenance

    By 1883, Henry Bacon (1839-1912), London; 1912, by descent to his widow, Lee Bacon; with Doll and Richards Galleries, Boston; 1922, sold to the MFA for $10,500. (Accession Date: May 18, 1922)

    Credit Line

    The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    57.15 x 46.04 cm (22 1/2 x 18 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    22.598

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    Out on Loan

    On display at National Portrait Gallery, London, February 12, 2015 – May 25, 2015

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  • Dancers in Rose

    about 1900
    Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917)

    Description

    From the 1880s Degas was recognized as a master of pastel - a medium, highly popular in the eighteenth century, which he had done much to revive. Often, as here, he worked the pastel pigment in successive layers, creating complex juxtapositions of hues and textures. The ethereal dancers seem to be moving onto or off the stage; the tree that divides the composition at left is a painted theater prop.

    Inscription

    Lower left: degas

    Provenance

    1901, sold by the artist to Durand-Ruel, Paris; by 1912, sold by Durand-Ruel to Joseph Flanagan, Boston; January 14, 1920, sold by Flanagan at American Art Association, New York, no. 58, and bought by Durand-Ruel for the MFA for $6800. (Accession Date: January 22, 1920)

    Credit Line

    Seth K. Sweetser Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    84.1 x 58.1 cm (33 1/8 x 22 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    20.164

    Medium or Technique

    Pastel on paper

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  • Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer

    La petite danseuse de quatorze ans

    French
    original model 1878–81, cast after 1921
    Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917)

    Object Place: France

    Description

    This is Degas’s largest surviving sculpture and the only one he titled and exhibited. The original wax version, a portrait of a young Belgian dancer named Marie von Gloethem, was shown at the 1881 Impressionist exhibition in Paris. The wax was tinted to resemble flesh, hair, and fabric, and the figure was dressed in pink slippers and bodice in addition to a skirt and ribbon similar to those on this cast. The excessive naturalism of the work offended many viewers, but the critic J.-K. Huysmans called it “the only really modern attempt that I know in sculpture.”

    Provenance

    Possibly Jeanne Févre, Nice, France [see note 1]. 1938, Marie Harriman Gallery, New York; 1938, sold by Harriman Gallery to the MFA for $3400. (Accession Date: December 8, 1938) NOTES: [1] Mlle. Févre was Degas's niece; this information comes from notes in the MFA curatorial file but has not been verified.

    Credit Line

    Frederick Brown Fund and Contributions from William Claflin and William Emerson

    Details

    Dimensions

    Total height: 103.7 cm; Height of Figure: 98 cm; Height of base: 5.7 cm; width of base 45.5 cm; depth of base: 46.5 cm

    Accession Number

    38.1756

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze, gauze and satin

    On View

    Sidney and Esther Rabb Gallery (Gallery 255)

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  • Dancers Resting

    1881–85
    Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower left: degas

    Provenance

    Goupil and Cie., Paris; Ivan Shchukin, Moscow; November 21, 1898, sold to Durand-Ruel, Paris; October 6, 1900, sold by Durand-Ruel (stock no. 2070) to Harris Whittemore, Naugatuck, Connecticut; by 1913, Durand-Ruel, Paris; 1913, sold by Durand-Ruel to Hannah M. Edwards (d. 1929), Boston; 1929, by inheritance to Grace Edwards (d. 1938); 1939, bequest of Hannah M. Edwards. [see note 1] (Accession Date: October 11, 1939) NOTES: [1] Siblings Robert (d. 1924), Hannah (d. 1929), and Grace (d. 1938) Edwards were each collectors of art, who seemed to have had joint ownership of the objects in their possession. When Robert died, he bequeathed his collection to the MFA in memory of their mother, Juliana Cheney Edwards. In 1925, after his death, part of his collection was acquired by the Museum, and the remainder went to his sisters, with the understanding that the objects would ultimately be left to the MFA in the collection begun in memory of their mother. The collections of Hannah and Grace were left to the MFA in 1939, following Grace's death. It is not always possible to determine exactly which paintings each sibling had owned.

    Credit Line

    Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    49.8 x 58.4 cm (19 5/8 x 23 in.)

    Accession Number

    39.669

    Medium or Technique

    Pastel on paper mounted on cardboard

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  • Ballet Dancer with Arms Crossed

    about 1872
    Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917)

    Description

    This somewhat introverted portrayal of a dancer was left unfinished in Degas’s studio at the time of his death. The bare preparation layer of her skirt and roughly sketched contours of her arms expose the artist’s process—laying in outlines first and then, working in sections, building half tones to model three-dimensional form. The resulting image is both strikingly modern and quite literally reserved: a work in progress.

    Inscription

    Stamped, lower left: degas

    Provenance

    April 7, 1919, 3rd Degas atelier sale, Georges Petit, Paris, lot 7, to Durand-Ruel, Paris (stock no. 11441); January, 1920, sold by Durand-Ruel, Paris, to Durand-Ruel, New York (stock no. 8801); March 25, 1920, sold by Durand-Ruel, New York, to John Taylor Spaulding (b. 1870 - d. 1948), Boston [see note 1]; 1948, bequest of John Taylor Spaulding to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 3, 1948) NOTES: [1] The information about these transactions comes from a letter from Durand-Ruel, Paris to the MFA (February 6, 1964; in MFA curatorial file). Durand-Ruel gives the date of the painting's sale to Spaulding as March 9 but a receipt in the curatorial file is dated March 25.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of John T. Spaulding

    Details

    Dimensions

    61.3 x 50.5 cm (24 1/8 x 19 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    48.534

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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    Sidney and Esther Rabb Gallery (Gallery 255)

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  • Three Dancers

    about 1889
    Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917)

    Description

    Provenance

    Dec. 11- 13, 1918, Degas Atelier stamp, 2me vente, no. 335; to John Taylor Spaulding (1870-1948, Boston); by bequest of John Taylor Spaulding to MFA. (Accession Date: June 3, 1948)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of John T. Spaulding

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 59 x 45 cm (23 1/4 x 17 11/16 in.) Framed: 83.8 x 69.2 cm (33 x 27 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    48.872

    Medium or Technique

    Charcoal and pastel on blue-gray paper

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  • Dancer

    1878–80
    Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917)

    Description

    Markings

    Stamped signature (Degas) in black ink: lower left corner

    Provenance

    July 2-4, 1919, Degas atelier sale, Paris, lot 339. J. H. Whittemore. 1956, sold by Richard H. Zinser to the MFA.

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Janis 019 (cat. 06)

    Dimensions

    Platemark: 27.9 x 23.4 cm (11 x 9 3/16 in.); Sheet: no margins

    Accession Number

    56.109

    Medium or Technique

    Monotype

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  • Dancers in the Rehearsal Room

    1900–05
    Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917)

    Description

    About 1880 Degas painted the first of a series of views of dancers in rehearsal rooms in an unusual horizontal format that suggested the proportions of a classical frieze. This charcoal drawing, from the final decade of the artist’s working life, is among the last explorations of that idea.

    Inscription

    Stamped, lower left: degas

    Provenance

    May 6-8, 1918, 1st Degas atelier sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, lot 274. Trotti et Cie., Paris. 1931, Roger Sauerbach, Paris; March 11, 1931, Sauerbach sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, lot 3, to Helft (probably Jacques Helft, Paris) for 14,500 fr. 1954, Arthur Wiesenberger, New York; 1954, gift of Arthur Wiesenberger to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1954)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Arthur Wiesenberger

    Details

    Dimensions

    45.4 x 85.1 cm (17 7/8 x 33 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    54.1557

    Medium or Technique

    Charcoal with pastel on paper mounted on cardboard

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  • Degas's Father Listening to Lorenzo Pagans Playing the Guitar

    about 1869–72
    Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917)

    Description

    Lorenzo Pagans, shown here singing and playing the guitar, was a Spanish-born tenor who made a reputation performing songs of his native land in Parisian salons of the 1860s. Degas’s father, who had instilled in his son a love of music, here listens attentively to the singer, his head framed by a sheet of music on the piano.

    Provenance

    1917, passed from the artist at his death to his nephew, Henri Fèvre, Nice and Monte-Carlo; June 22, 1925, anonymous (Fèvre) sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, lot 59, sold for 101,575 fr. to Durand-Ruel, Paris and New York (stock no. 8224); January 8, 1926, sold by Durand-Ruel to John Taylor Spaulding (b. 1870 - d. 1948), Boston; 1948, bequest of John Taylor Spaulding to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 3, 1948)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of John T. Spaulding

    Details

    Dimensions

    81.6 x 65.1 cm (32 1/8 x 25 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    48.533

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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    Sidney and Esther Rabb Gallery (Gallery 255)

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  • Hindu Ballet, No. 2

    1913
    Léon Nikolaievitch Bakst (Russian, 1866–1924)

    Description

    Provenance

    Anna Pavlova (b. 1881 - d. 1931), London. Grace M. Edwards (d. 1938), Boston; 1939, bequest of Grace M. Edwards to the MFA [see note]. (Accession Date: October 11, 1939) NOTE: Siblings Robert (d. 1924), Hannah (d. 1929), and Grace (d. 1938) Edwards were each collectors of art, who seemed to have had joint ownership of the objects in their possession. When Robert died, he bequeathed his collection to the MFA in memory of their mother, Juliana Cheney Edwards. In 1925, after his death, part of his collection was acquired by the Museum, and the remainder went to his sisters, with the understanding that the objects would ultimately be left to the MFA in the collection begun in memory of their mother. The collections of Hannah and Grace were left to the MFA in 1939, following Grace's death. It is not always possible to determine exactly which works of art each sibling had owned.

    Credit Line

    Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 31.2 x 23.9 cm (12 5/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    39.645

    Medium or Technique

    Opaque and transparent watercolor, silver paint, and graphite pencil on paper

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  • Gallerie des Modes et Costumes Français. 24e Cahier des Costumes Français, 18e Suite d'Habillemens à la mode en 1779. Z.141 "Silphide: Dans le Ballet des Elements."

    French
    1779
    Engraved by Jean-Baptiste Martin (French French), Publisher Esnauts et Rapilly (French, 18th century)

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    Silphide: Dans le Ballet des Elements.
    Ballerina in Les Sylphides; partners with 44.1423.

    Provenance

    The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection, to MFA 1944

    Credit Line

    The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    41.3 x 26.0 cm (16 1/4 x 10 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    44.1422

    Medium or Technique

    Hand-colored engraving on laid paper

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  • Gallerie des Modes et Costumes Français. 24e Cahier des Costumes Français, 18e Suite d'Habillemens à la mode en 1779. Z.142 "Silphe: Dans le Ballet des Elements."

    French
    1779
    Engraved by Jean-Baptiste Martin (French French), Publisher Esnauts et Rapilly (French, 18th century)

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    Silphe: Dans le Ballet des Elements.
    Man wearing “tutu” with breeches; feathered headpiece, partners with 44.1422.

    Provenance

    The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection, to MFA 1944

    Credit Line

    The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    38.7 x 25.4 cm (15 1/4 x 10 in.)

    Accession Number

    44.1423

    Medium or Technique

    Hand-colored engraving on laid paper

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  • Manzai Dancers

    Manzai zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    19th century ?
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description

    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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Ukiyo-479

    Dimensions

    Image: 52 x 35.9 cm (20 1/2 x 14 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.7882

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll;ink and color on silk

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  • Shirabyoshi Dancer

    Shirabyoshi zu

    Japanese
    Edo priod
    first half of the 19th century
    Eietsu (Japanese, dates unknown Japanese)

    Description

    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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Ukiyo-473

    Dimensions

    Image: 125.8 x 54 cm (49 1/2 x 21 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.7974

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

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  • Prince on a terrace with female dancers and musicians

    Indian, Rajasthani
    Early 18th century

    Object Place: Bikaner, Rajasthan, Northern India

    Description

    Inscription

    On reverse, inscription is likely, but covered by mount.

    Provenance

    Purchased by the MFA from H. P. Saksena & Co.; G. N. Tagore served as Museum's agent.

    Credit Line

    Special Fund for the Purchase of Indian Art

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 38.4 x 27.5 cm (15 1/8 x 10 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    14.859

    Medium or Technique

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

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  • Echigo Province: Niigata Dancers (Echigo, Niigata odori), cut from sheet 11 of the series Cutout Pictures of the Provinces (Kunizukushi harimaze zue)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1852 (Kaei 5), 12th month
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Fujiokaya Keijirô (Shôrindô) (Japanese)

    Description

    From a sheet of three pictures showing Etchû, Echigo, and Sado provinces.

    MFA impressions: 21.8758 (Echigo), RES.54.23 (uncut sheet)

    Signed

    Hiroshige 広重

    Markings

    Artist's seal: Hiro

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Hiroshige Mus., Ena, Meisho no hensen (203), #2-11; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 11, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, II (1989), fig. 105; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 253, ôban #19.11

    Dimensions

    Harimaze, cut from vertical ôban sheet; 17 x 11.5 cm (6 11/16 x 4 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.8758

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Cambodian Dancer

    1906
    Auguste (René) Rodin (French, 1840–1917)

    Description

    Provenance

    John Taylor Spaulding (1870-1948, Boston); acquired June 1948

    Credit Line

    Bequest of John T. Spaulding

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 29 x 19.6 cm (11 7/16 x 7 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    48.851

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor over graphite pencil

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  • Figure (Study for or after "Red Stone Dancer")

    1913–14
    Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (French (active in Britain), 1891–1915)

    Description

    Provenance

    Kettle's Yard; acquired through H.S. Ede March 1966

    Credit Line

    Gift of The Kettle's Yard Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 20.7 x 14 cm (8 1/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    66.219

    Medium or Technique

    Green wash

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  • New Year's Card: Dancer

    Japanese
    Taisho-early Showa era
    Takahashi Haruka (Japanese, dates unknown), Publisher Yamaguchi Seikyokudô

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Ex. Jaeger Collection Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fractional gift of Lauder (Accession date: March 20, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.1192

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigments on card stock

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  • New Year's Card: Dancer with Music Notes

    Japanese
    Early Shôwa era
    Takahashi Haruka (Japanese, dates unknown), Publisher Seikyokudô (Japanese)

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fractional gift of Lauder (Accession date: March 20, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.1204

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

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  • Dancer with Clown

    Japanese
    Taisho- early Showa era
    Artist Unidentified, Japanese, Publisher Tanaka & Co. (Japanese)

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Ex. Jaeger Collection Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fractional gift of Lauder (Accession date: March 20, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.1473

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on coated card

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  • Kabuki Dancers under the Cherry Blossoms

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Hattori Bookstore (Hattori shoten) (Japanese)

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fractional gift of Lauder (Accession date: March 20, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 8.8 x 13.8 cm (3 7/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.4466

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

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  • The Guitar Player

    1908
    Joseph Rodefer DeCamp (American, 1858–1923)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower right: JOSEPH-DE-CAMP-1908

    Provenance

    1908, sold by the artist to the MFA for $2,500. (Accession Date: April 9, 1908)

    Credit Line

    The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    126.36 x 114.93 cm (49 3/4 x 45 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    08.204

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    On View

    Lobby into American Impressionism ( 226A)

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    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • In the Loge

    1878
    Mary Stevenson Cassatt (American, 1844–1926)

    Description

    Mary Stevenson Cassatt, raised near Pittsburgh and first trained as a painter in Philadelphia, became nineteenth-century America’s most modern painter. Like many of her contemporaries, Cassatt felt that her artistic education in the United States was inadequate, and she traveled to Europe soon after the Civil War. She studied in both Italy and France, and by 1873 she had made Paris her home. While most of her compatriots were proud of the education they received in the art schools of the French capital, Cassatt soon tired of the conservative approach taught in those academies and perpetuated by the exhibitions they organized. She felt strongly that painting needed to break free of old methods and adapt to the modern world.
    Cassatt found the answer to her demand for a new kind of painting in the work of the Impressionists, a small circle of independent French artists. She approved of their disdain for juried exhibitions and soon adopted their experimental techniques and their preference for images of contemporary life. In 1877 Edgar Degas invited her to show her work with the group. Cassatt thus became one of only three women, and the only American, ever to join the French Impressionists.

    In the Loge was the first of Cassatt’s Impressionist paintings to be displayed in the United States. When it was shown in Boston in 1878, critics described the picture as “striking,” adding that Cassatt’s painting “surpassed the strength of most men.” [1]The canvas, then entitled At the Français—A Sketch, depicts a fashionable lady dressed for an afternoon performance at the Comedie Français, a theater in Paris. Entertainments like the theater, the opera, and the racetrack were extremely popular among Parisians, who enjoyed such diversions not only for the show, but also for the opportunity to see—and to be seen by—their peers. The Impressionists took delight in painting these spectacles of modern life, and the theater, with its dazzling variety of lights and reflections, was an especially appealing subject. Many male artists, including Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Degas, had painted beautiful women in theater boxes, where they appeared as if they were on display in a gilded frame. Cassatt gave her female figure a noticeably more dynamic role, for she peers avidly through her opera glasses at the row of seats across from her. In the background at upper left, a man trains his gaze upon her. The viewer, who sees them both, completes the circle. Cassatt’s painting explores the very act of looking, breaking down the traditional boundaries between the observer and the observed, the audience and the performer.

    Notes
    1. “The M.C.M.A. [Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association] Exhibition,” Daily Evening Transcript (Boston), September 3, 1878, 4.

    This text was adapted from Elliot Bostwick Davis et al., American Painting [http://www.mfashop.com/9020398034.html], MFA Highlights (Boston: MFA Publications, 2003).

    Inscription

    Lower left: Mary Cassatt.

    Provenance

    1892 or 1893, sold by the artist to Martin, Camentron, and Co., Paris; 1893 or 1894, sold by Martin, Camentron, and Co. to Durand-Ruel, Paris and New York. 1909 or 1910, with F.W. Bayley, Boston; 1910, sold by Bayley to the MFA for $2,000. (Accession Date: February 17, 1910)

    Credit Line

    The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Breeskin 73

    Dimensions

    81.28 x 66.04 cm (32 x 26 in.)

    Accession Number

    10.35

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    On View

    Suzanne and Terrence Murray Gallery (Gallery 226)

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  • The Barnstormer, Old South Theater, Boston

    1918
    Arthur Clifton Goodwin (American, 1864–1929)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower right: A.C.G.; Reverse: A C Goodwin/The Barnstormer/Old South Theater/Boston/1918

    Provenance

    The artist; John T. Spaulding; to MFA, 1948, bequest of John T. Spaulding.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of John T. Spaulding

    Details

    Dimensions

    31.75 x 38.1 cm (12 1/2 x 15 in.)

    Accession Number

    48.554

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on paperboard

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  • Dancers

    about 1915
    Charles James Prendergast (American (born in Canada), 1863–1948 American)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower left: C. Prendergast

    Provenance

    The artist; to Mrs. Charles (Eugenie) Prendergast, his wife, 1948; to Eugenie Prendergast Foundation, Inc.; to MFA, 1971, gift of the Eugenie Prendergast Foundation, Inc.

    Credit Line

    From the Eugenie Prendergast Foundation, Inc.

    Details

    Dimensions

    58.42 x 79.06 cm (23 x 31 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1971.23

    Medium or Technique

    Tempera, gold and silver leaf, and graphite on gessoed panel

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  • A Singer

    English
    1750–58
    Made at Chelsea Manufactory (England, active 1745-1769)

    Object Place: England

    Description

    Wearing a crinoline skirt and singing from music. Turquoise bodice with pink bows, white skirt with sprays of flowers in colors. Flowers on base.. Fingers broken.

    Inscription

    Music inscribed "Largo" at top of page. Number painted in red enamel on base: "372." (underlined twice in red). Two stencilled inscriptions: "B.C." and B.3" in old Gothic script.

    Markings

    Red anchor mark on base

    Provenance

    Before 1924, Alfred Hutton, London; by 1930, Richard C. Paine (b. 1893 - d. 1966), Boston; 1930, gift of Richard C. Paine to the MFA. (Accession date: April 3, 1930).

    Credit Line

    Gift of Richard C. Paine

    Details

    Dimensions

    15.24 cm (6 in.)

    Accession Number

    30.283

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain with colored enamel decoration

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  • Guitarist Among a Background of Demons

    El Cantor ciego (The Blind Singer)

    Drawn and etched 1824–28; printed by 1890
    Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)

    Description

    Provenance

    Ph. Burty (1830-1890), Paris, stamp (L. 413)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Harris 035, II-III; Delteil 030

    Dimensions

    Platemark: 19 x 12 cm (7 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. Sheet: 31.1 x 22.5 cm (12 1/4 x 8 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1974.243

    Medium or Technique

    Etching and aquatint with posthumous (?) lavis, burnishing, burin, and drypoint; posthumous impression

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  • New Year's Card: Singer by the Piano

    Japanese
    Taisho- early Showa era
    cancelled 1933
    Artist Unidentified, Japanese

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Ex. Jaeger Collection Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fractional gift of Lauder (Accession date: March 20, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.2289

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink, color, and metallic pigments on paper

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  • Female Singer and Player (from an unidentified series)

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    cancelled 1907
    Okada Sakae (Japanese Japanese), Publisher Japanese Postcard Association (Nihon hagaki kai) (Japanese)

    Description

    Credit Line

    Gift of Karl Jaeger

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 8.8 x 13.8 cm (3 7/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2005.47

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

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  • Masano of the Kyô Izutsuya as a Musician (Sakibayashi), from the series Gion Festival Costume Parade (Gion mikoshi arai nerimono sugata)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1813 (Bunka 10)
    Artist Urakusai Nagahide (Japanese, active about 1805–1848)

    Object Place: Kyoto, Japan

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.20676, 11.38812

    Signed

    Nagahide ga 長秀画

    Markings

    Publishers' marks: Yamasa han, Honjô han 画家の印章: なし 版元: 山佐 本庄 改印: 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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 123; Ujlaki and Nakade, "Gion nerimono prints revisited: The list," Andon 75 (2003), GN 1813-3 (no photo)

    Dimensions

    Hosoban; 34.2 x 15 cm (13 7/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.20676

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock/stencil print (kappazuri); ink on paper, with stenciled color

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  • Koteru of the Yorozuya as a Musician (Sakibayashi), from the series Gion Festival Costume Parade (Gion mikoshi arai nerimono sugata)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1813 (Bunka 10)
    Artist Urakusai Nagahide (Japanese, active about 1805–1848), Publisher Yamasa (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.20674, 11.26538

    Signed

    Nagahide ga 長秀画

    Markings

    Publisher's mark: Yamasa han 画家の印章: なし 版元: 山佐 改印: 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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 123

    Dimensions

    Hosoban; 33.3 x 15.1 cm (13 1/8 x 5 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.26538

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock/stencil print (kappazuri); ink on paper, with stenciled color

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  • Komine of Daisei as a Musician (Hayashi), from the series Costume Parade of the Shimanouchi Quarter (Shimanouchi nerimono)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1836 (Tenpô 7), 6th month
    Artist Shunbaisai Hokuei (Japanese, active about 1824–1837, died 1837), Publisher Tenmaya Kihei (Tenki) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.824.15, 11.26589

    From a collective series by Hokuei, Hokuju, Sadahiro, Sadanobu, and Shigeharu.

    Signed

    Sekkarô Hokuei ga 雪花楼北英画

    Markings

    Artist's seal: Hokuei

    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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 125; Keyes 1973, #181 (no photo)

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 37.3 x 25.3 cm (14 11/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.26589

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Musician

    English
    about 1755
    Made at Chelsea Manufactory (England, active 1745-1769)

    Object Place: England

    Description

    Man seated playing a guitar and wearing slate colored headdress, white coat, yellow sash, yellow cloak lined with turquoise, red breeches and pale lavender leggings. Hat and sword at feet agaisnt flowered tree trunk. Mark: RED ANCHOR. Set with 30.289.

    Provenance

    By 1930, Richard C. Paine (b. 1893 - d. 1966), Boston; 1930, gift of Richard C. Paine to the MFA. (Accession date: April 3, 1930).

    Credit Line

    Gift of Richard C. Paine

    Details

    Dimensions

    16.51 cm (6 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    30.288

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain

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  • Woman musician

    English
    1750–58
    Made at Chelsea Manufactory (England, active 1745-1769)

    Object Place: England

    Description

    Seated on flowered tree trunk playing a flute. In yellow bodice, pink bows pink skirt with sprays of flowers in gold. Set with 30.288. Mark: RED ANCHOR.

    Provenance

    By 1930, Richard C. Paine (b. 1893 - d. 1966), Boston; 1930, gift of Richard C. Paine to the MFA. (Accession date: April 3, 1930).

    Credit Line

    Gift of Richard C. Paine

    Details

    Dimensions

    16.51 cm (6 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    30.289

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain

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  • Figure of a musician

    about 1760

    Object Place: Strasbourg, France

    Description

    Boy seated on stump plays flute, rococo base with aubergine edge (chipped) matching coat which is yellow lined. Brown shoes, knee breeches & hat, white shirt & stockings. Pair with 51.745. Mark: H. in blue on bottom.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Dr. Charles Munch

    Details

    Dimensions

    15.87 cm (6 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    51.744

    Medium or Technique

    Tin-glazed earthenware

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    Europe

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    Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware

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  • Figure of a musician

    about 1760

    Object Place: Strasbourg, France

    Description

    Girl in patterned green skirt, blue bodice, aubergine jacket and green plays stringed instrument. Pair with 51.744 and similarly marked.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Dr. Charles Munch

    Details

    Dimensions

    15.56 cm (6 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    51.745

    Medium or Technique

    Tin-glazed earthenware

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  • Cello from Pair of Musicians

    English
    about 1765–75
    Made at Bow Manufactory (England)

    Description

    Figure of male with bass fiddle, yellow jacket with red trim, green polka dot vest, flowered breeches wearing side hat, scroll rococo base decor with flowers in relief. Chip on leaf left side of base. Mark: underglaze sword in blue, underglaze anchor and sword in red.

    Markings

    anchor and dagger in red enamel; dagger in underglaze blue

    Provenance

    By 1965, Forsyth Wickes, New York and Newport, RI (d. 1964); 1965, bequest of Wickes. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 19.5 cm (7 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    65.2184

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain with underglaze blue, colored enamel and gilded decoration

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  • Hurdy-Gurdy from Pair of Musicians

    English
    About 1765–75
    Made at Bow Manufactory (England)

    Description

    Figure of seated woman, with musical instrument on left knee, wearing purple hat, yellow bodice, purple apron, over orange flowered dress, blue and orange cloak, suspended from neck, yellow shoes, scroll rococo base, decor with flowers in relief. Mark: blue sword, red sword, red anchor.

    Markings

    anchor and dagger in red enamel; dagger in underglaze blue

    Provenance

    By 1965, Forsyth Wickes, New York and Newport, RI (d. 1964); 1965, bequest of Wickes. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 18.3 cm (7 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    65.2185

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain with underglaze blue, colored enamel and gilded decoration

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  • Psaltery from Pair of Musicians

    English
    about 1755–60

    Description

    Seated man blowing flute, with drum to left side, blue hat, rose jacket, yellow vest and flowered breeches, black shoes, low flowered tree branch to right, flowers in relief on base.

    Markings

    none

    Provenance

    By 1941 with Stoner & Evans, London and New York; April 1, 1941, sold by Stoner & Evans to Forsyth Wickes, New York and Newport, RI (d. 1964); 1965, bequest of Wickes. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 17.4 cm (6 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    65.2186

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

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  • Pipe and Tabor from Pair of Musicians

    English
    about 1755–60
    Made at Bow Manufactory (England)

    Description

    Figure of seated woman with zither on right knee. Blue and yellow hat, rose jacket, blue flowered, yellow trimmed skirt, black shoes, flanked by low flowered branches, flowers in relief on base.

    Markings

    none

    Provenance

    By 1941, with Stoner & Evans, London and New York; April 1, 1941, sold by Stoner & Evans to Forsyth Wickes, New York and Newport, RI (d. 1964); 1965, bequest of Wickes. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 16.9 cm (6 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    65.2187

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

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  • Musicians at a Crossroad

    1879
    Franciszek Streitt (Polish, 1839–1890)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower left: F. Streitt / 879

    Provenance

    Norman S. Dillingham (b. 1886 - d. 1968), Swampscott, MA; by inheritance to his daughters, Elizabeth D. Wright, Bradford, NH and Priscilla D. Smith, Marblehead, MA; 1969, gift of Mrs. Wright and Mrs. Smith to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 14, 1969)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Elizabeth D. Wright and Priscilla D. Smith

    Details

    Dimensions

    42.3 x 85.7 cm (16 5/8 x 33 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    69.66

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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  • Young Woman Playing the Shamisen

    Shamisen o hiku bijin zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about Bunka 1–3 (1804–06)
    Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, (?)–1806)

    Description

    Provenance

    Prior to 1886 purchased by Ernest Francisco Fenollosa; 1886 purchased by Charles Goddard Weld from Ernest Fenollosa; 1911 bequeathed by Charles Goddard Weld to the Museum.

    Credit Line

    Fenollosa-Weld Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Ukiyo-270; Drama and Desire (2007), cat. no. 44

    Dimensions

    Image: 41.5 x 83 cm (16 5/16 x 32 11/16 in.) Overall: 170 x 109 cm (66 15/16 x 42 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4642

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on silk

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  • Three Women Playing Musical Instruments

    Sankyoku gassô zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1818–44 (Bunsei to Tenpô era)
    Katsushika Ôi (Japanese, active about 1818–after 1854)

    Description

    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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    MFA, Hokusai (2013), #142; KJM2-Ukiyo-443; Drama and Desire (2007), cat. no. 69

    Dimensions

    Image: 46.5 x 67.5 cm (18 5/16 x 26 9/16 in.) Overall: 132 x 90 cm (51 15/16 x 35 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.7689

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Man playing Panpipes

    Persian
    Safavid
    17th century
    Attributed to Aqa Riza (Persian, active in India about 1580–1620)

    Object Place: India or Iran

    Description

    Inscription

    On reverse: Persian text, title page from the Bustan of Sadi, beginning with "Ba nam-i-khudavand-i-jan afarin" = "Glory to the name of God of the soul!"

    Provenance

    By 1912, Victor Goloubew (b. 1879 - d. 1945), Paris [see note 1]; 1914, sold by Goloubew through M. Meyer-Riefstahl to the MFA for $76,999.81 (total price for 14.532-700). (Accession Date: June 4, 1914) NOTES: [1] Victor Goloubew was born in Russia but lived in Paris by the time of this acquisition. He formed this collection of Persian and Indian miniature paintings and exhibited it at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 1912 to 1914 (Paull, Florence Virginia. "The Goloubew Collection of Persian and Indian Paintings." Museum of Fine Arts Bulletin. Vol. XIII. No. 74. (February 1915) 1-16).

    Credit Line

    Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912 and Picture Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    29 x 19.5 cm (11 7/16 x 7 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    14.610

    Medium or Technique

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

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  • Woman Playing a Lute

    about 1700–05
    Giuseppe Maria Crespi (Italian (Bolognese), 1665–1747)

    Description

    Although Crespi was a fine portrait painter, he is best known for his lively, informally posed scenes of daily life, which influenced artists throughout Europe in the later eighteenth century. At once immediate and timeless, this study of a young woman absorbed in tuning her lute demonstrates Crespi’s gift for characterization and for enriching a subtle palette with warm, diffuse light.

    Provenance

    18th century, possibly Giovanni Ricci, Bologna; by descent within the family to Giacomo Marchesini, Bologna [see note 1]. Private Collection, Lombardy, Italy. By 1959, Vitale Bloch (b. 1900 - d. 1975), The Hague and Paris; 1969, sold by Bloch to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 11, 1969) NOTES: [1] On the early provenance of this painting, see Mira Pajes Merriman, Giuseppe Maria Crespi (Milan: Rizzoli, 1980), pp. 295-296, cat. no. 213. In the second half of the eighteenth century, Marcello Oretti recorded a painting by Crespi of a woman playing a lute in the possession of Giacomo Marchesini. While this does match the description of the MFA work, Oretti also referred to the subject as the "famous singer" Vittoria Tesi (b. 1700)--who could not plausibly be the woman in the MFA painting, given its date of around 1700-05. However, if Oretti's identification of the subject was incorrect, this may well be one of the paintings that the Marchesini family had inherited from Giovanni Ricci, a Bolognese merchant and patron of Crespi.

    Credit Line

    Charles Potter Kling Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    121.3 x 153 cm (47 3/4 x 60 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    69.958

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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    Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Gallery (Gallery 246)

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  • Woman Playing Shamisen

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fractional gift of Lauder (Accession date: March 20, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.2448

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

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  • Woman Playing the Violin

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    Artist Unidentified, Japanese

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fractional gift of Lauder (Accession date: March 20, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.2487

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

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  • Woman Playing a Moon Zither (Gekkin)

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    about 1886
    Photographer Adolfo Farsari (Italian, 1841–1898)

    Description

    Provenance

    Between 1980–1990, Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection, Chestnut Hill, MA; given to the MFA, Boston, June 23, 2004

    Credit Line

    Gift of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Sharf No.: FASREL4

    Dimensions

    Image: 24.5 x 19.8 cm (9 5/8 x 7 13/16 in.) Overall (Album Cover): 32 x 40 x 5 cm (12 5/8 x 15 3/4 x 1 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.269.49

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, hand-tinted albumen print on a decorated album page

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    Asia, Europe, Photography

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    Photographs, Albums

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