18th Century Chinese Album of 12 Paintings on Silk with Intimate Encounters
22 september 2021 
25 min. read

18th Century Chinese Album of 12 Paintings on Silk with Intimate Encounters

The images in this album do not refer to any of the well-known Chinese novels that often served as the basis for erotic paintings. The depictions are inventive and rendered from memory. However, we also see two more common humorous themes in the sixth image, a secret rendezvous, where the girl climbs out of a moon window, and in the ninth image, a man is caught by his wife and pulled by his ear. Although these paintings were made in the Qing dynasty, the hated Manzu braid is covered by a Ming bun, while the forehead is shaved.

Chinese intimate encounters ancient art

Fig.1.

close up 1 Chinese erotic painting

Fig.1a.

Harmoniously Matched

The compositions have a static structure. Soft colors are translucent and harmoniously matched. Only the black, which also has a color function in Chinese painting, is opaque. In addition to the figures, much attention is paid to the environment. The moss and grass areas are very finely watered. See also the beautifully detailed pine tree in the eleventh image. It is striking that several times thinly painted landscape screens are depicted.

Chinese erotic painting in the garden

Fig.2.

close up 2 Chinese erotic painting

Fig.2a.

Failed His Imperial Exams

The artist shows a deep interest in this. He reveals an inner balancing act. With one foot he stands in the respected world of the literate, where writing, poetry and knowledge of the Classics predominate, with the other he stands in the much less valued world of crafts. Like many of his talented colleagues, he probably failed his Imperial exams. Nevertheless, he undeniably possesses theoretical knowledge and artistic skills. By fate, however, he is forced to perform artisanal work, often at the behest of wealthy merchants, who are themselves illiterate. Most of the erotic albums have come about from this background.

Chinese erotic art couple in a chair

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close up 3 Chinese erotic painting

Fig.3a.

Shocking Changes

Especially after the Qianlong period (1736-1795) shocking changes take place in Chinese society. The opium wars lead to widespread impoverishment and the state exams are lapsed. There is also no more money for the civil servants, but they still know how to handle a brush. The album is signed by the painter Xu Guan.

Chinese man showing his erection

Fig.4.

close up 4 Chinese erotic painting

Fig.4a.

ancient Chinese erotic painting

Fig.5.

close up 5 Chinese erotic painting

Fig.5a.

Chinese painting erotic Moon gate

Fig.6.

close up 6 Chinese erotic painting

Fig.6a.

Chinese intimate couple on a table

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close up 7 Chinese erotic painting

Fig.7a.

collection Ferdinand Bertholet

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close up 8 Chinese erotic painting

Fig.8a.

Chinese sensual couple and nude female coming from the bath

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close up 9a Chinese erotic painting

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close up 9 Chinese erotic painting

Fig.9b.

Chinese intimate art

Fig.10.

close up 10 Chinese erotic painting

Fig.10a.

Chinese sensual art painting

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close up 11 Chinese erotic painting

Fig.11a.

Chinese erotic album 18th century

Fig.12.

Chinese erotic masterpiece

Fig.12a.

Supreme Concentration

This painting (Fig.12) is the highlight of the album. From a beautifully landscaped garden, we have a view of an open room in which a woman bends over to let herself be loved. She dreams away in ecstasy, while the man narrows his eyes in supreme concentration. Their lovemaking is reflected in the entwining of the blooming plum blossom by the jagged rock formation. In both worlds the principle of the harmonious union of the feminine and the masculine, of the receptive and the creative, applies.

close up 12 Chinese erotic painting

Fig.12b.

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Source: ‘Liefde en Lentebloesems‘ by Ferdinand Bertholet

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About the author
Marijn is the founder of shungagallery.com. With more than 20 years of experience within the sensual and erotic art of shunga he is an authority in the genre. During this time he served many customers with complementing their art collection.
Abdull F.
By

Abdull F.

on 22 Sep 2021

Wonderful

Marijn
By

Marijn

on 22 Sep 2021

Thanks Abdull!

Lawrie Alush-Jaggs
By

Lawrie Alush-Jaggs

on 23 Sep 2021

I am surprised that there is no comment about foot binding. All of the women have tiny feet in comparison to the men. Lovely paintings, gorgeous scenery.

Marijn
By

Marijn

on 23 Sep 2021

Thanks Lawrie. I'm pleased you like them. Did you already check out our extensive article on foot binding and lotus shoes? If not, you can check it out here >>> https://shungagallery.com/lotus-shoes/

PETE
By

PETE

on 24 Sep 2021

Fantastic and beautiful scenes.

Marijn
By

Marijn

on 24 Sep 2021

Thanks a lot Pete!

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