Aug 14, 2014

Catching Fireflies

Catching Fireflies

c. 1796–97

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Kitagawa Utamaro 喜多川 歌麿

(Japanese, c. 1754–1806)

Triptych of woodblock prints; ink and color on paper

Overall: 38.2 x 76.8 cm (15 1/16 x 30 1/4 in.)

Gift of Jeptha H. Wade in honor of Emily V. Wade 1975.98



Caught up in a frenzied pursuit of fireflies, one boy has waded into a stream after his quarry, while a younger one watches in anticipation as a young woman thrusts her fan into the air in the hope of capturing hers. In the center of the composition, a girl examines the insects trapped in her elegantly carved cage.

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