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Autumn, from the series Women’s Pleasures of the Four Seasons

Artist:
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1844–46
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink, silver, and color on paper
Dimensions:
9 3/4 x 22 1/8 in. (24.8 x 56.2 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Francis M. Weld, 1948
Accession Number:
JP3136
Not on view
After governmental restrictions of the 1840s were loosened, Kuniyoshi made a sumptuous series of prints of women in the four seasons. All four of the triptychs in the series present three women with a child. This print, the best of the four, illustrates the women and a boy viewing the moon from boats. The misty clouds covering the moon are delicately depicted with light ink and silver powder (presently tarnished). Kuniyoshi included a severely cropped bridge support pole in the right border and arranged the reflection of the lantern in the waves

In the cartouche at the upper right corner a poem by Genkō is inscribed "Look at that, then look up at the sky, and admire the moon with geese."
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga; Artist's seal: kiri (paulawnia)

Marking: Seals: Nanushi
Chōōrō
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Summer and Autumn in Japanese Art," June 24, 2011–October 23, 2011.

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