Autumn, from the series Women’s Pleasures of the Four Seasons
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink, silver, and color on paper
9 3/4 x 22 1/8 in. (24.8 x 56.2 cm)
Gift of Francis M. Weld, 1948
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.