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An Up-to-date Spring Scene (Tôsei haru geshiki)

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Diptych (two sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.16059 (right), 11.16060 (left) MFA impressions: 11.16059-60 (center and left sheets), 11.28804 (center sheet only)


Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画


Censor's seal: kiwame (on each sheet) 改印: 極


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1829 (Bunsei 12)

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Catalogue Raisonné

Kôbe Mus., Western Blue/Seiyô no ai (2007), #107; Suzuki 1992, #228 (complete triptych)


Vertical ôban diptych; 36.4 x 51.3 cm (14 5/16 x 20 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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