Chasing Fireflies, A Lady of the Tenmei Era (1781-1789), from the series Thirty-six Elegant Selections

Mizuno Toshikata (Japanese, 1866-1908)1894

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Each of the prints in the series Thirty-six Elegant Selections features a woman from a different time period, as befits an artist who was interested in history painting. Most of the prints are set in the Edo period (1615–1868). Mizuno Toshikata was a favored student of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839–1892), and took over his post as a newspaper illustrator.

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  • Title: Chasing Fireflies, A Lady of the Tenmei Era (1781-1789), from the series Thirty-six Elegant Selections
  • Creator: Mizuno Toshikata (Japanese, 1866-1908)
  • Date Created: 1894
  • Provenance: Dr. Norman Zaworski [1920-2013], Cleveland, OH, ?-2017, bequest to the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, 2017-present
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2017.73
  • Medium: Woodblock print, ink and color on paper
  • Inscriptions: Inscription Type: series title Inscription Transliteration: 三十六佳撰 Inscription Romanization: Sanjūrokkasen Inscription translation: The Thirty-six Elegant Selections, Inscription Transliteration: 蛍狩天明頃婦人 Inscription Romanization: Hotaru gari, Tenmei goro fujin Inscription translation: Chasing Fireflies, A Lady of the X Era, Inscription Type: artist’s signature Inscription Transliteration: 年方 Inscription Romanization: Toshikata, Inscription Type: artist’s seal Inscription Transliteration: 應斎年方 Inscription Romanization: Ōsai Toshikata, Inscription Type: engraver’s seal Inscription Transliteration: えん活刀 Inscription Romanization: En-Katsu to, Inscription type: date and publisher’s information Inscription Translation: Meiji 27 (1894) Akiyama Buemon (summary)
  • Department: Japanese Art
  • Culture: Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912)
  • Credit Line: Gift of the Norman W. Zaworski Trust
  • Collection: Japanese Art
  • Accession Number: 2017.73

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