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Goosebumps After Watching Hokusai Announcement Trailer of the British Museum

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I came across this amazing one minute video that features a trailer of a current exhibition (25 May-13 August 2017) at the British Museum on ukiyo-e genius Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). The exhibition is called Beyond the Great Wave. The video literally gave me goosebumps… The following video elaborates on Hokusai’s masterpiece… Discover Hokusai‘s art in […]

The Important Shunga Exhibition of the British Museum in 2013/2014

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Stylish promo for the shunga exhibition of the British Museum 2013/2014 The exciting and amusing (look at the very end for the cat!) promo trailer published by the British Museum. The comprehensive shunga exhibition was called ‘Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art’.  It featured rare works including some excellent scroll paintings by Chobunsai Eishi (1756-1829), […]

The British Engraver John Buckland Wright and His Sensual Females a la Paul Delvaux

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John Buckland Wright (1897-1954) was a self-taught painter and engraver who depicted lovers and seductive female bathers in an idyllic setting. His adherence to female characters evokes in memory the paintings of the Belgian surrealist Paul Delvaux. Being a contemporary of another famous British engraver Eric Gill, Buckland produced some nude studies stylistically close to […]

The Founder of the Louvre Museum Vivant Denon and His Erotic ‘Oeuvres Priapique’

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In the current article, we’ll examine erotic prints of the French artist, diplomat, and archaeologist Vivant Denon (1747-1825). His talents, manners, and exceptional devotion to art allowed him to be a favorite of both Louis XV and Napoleon. The sketches of ancient Egyptian monuments, which he made during Napoleon’s military campaign and included in the […]

Controversial Engraver Eric Gill and His Everlasting ‘Song of Songs’

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Our current article is devoted to one of the most notorious British artists Eric Gill (1882-1940), a prominent sculptor and printmaker working on religious themes, which contrasted with his real life. The diaries of Gill, where he described the sexual abuse of his sisters, daughters Petra and Elizabeth, and even zoophilia cases, were published by […]

Voluptuous Dream Scenes by Ukiyo-e Masters Harunobu & Koryusai

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The depiction of dreams in ukiyo-e is a rather rare occurrence. This was a characteristic probably most used in the shunga genre where in the designs the thoughts of the concerning protagonist(s) wander off towards erotic desires and encounters. They are represented by means of thought clouds that are still used in comic strips today. Harunobu & […]

Four Desiring Bathing Ladies and a Nun by the Iwasa Matabei School

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Below two exceptional paintings are depicted that are from a handscroll consisting of nine paintings (it probably lacks three) dating from the mid-seventeenth century. Although it is close to the style of Iwasa Matabei (1578-1650), it has been attributed to the artist’s school. Several of the designs included in the present work are also found […]

Harunobu’s Risqué Portrayal of a Bathing Woman and a Toad

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There is a genre of ukiyo-e print halfway between shunga and non-erotic subjects known as a ‘risqué picture’ (abuna-e), in which a woman’s naked skin is revealed for contemplation, as well as sometimes her pubic hair and sex organs. These were often designed in the format of the long, narrow ‘pillar print’ (hashira-e), intended to […]

Rare Preparatory Drawings For an Unknown Kunisada Handscroll

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In preparation for prints or paintings, ukiyo-e artists would make preparatory sketches on thin paper. The final drawing would then be copied by a professional copyist. This ‘copy’ would be pasted face down to the key block, the first block to be carved for a print. Use of Pentimenti In the case of a handscroll, […]

The Boisterous Erotic Drawings of the Hedonistic Thomas Rowlandson

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A notorious gambler, a big drinker, blatant, boisterous, laughing – all hallmarks that apply to Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827). The hedonistic tendencies of this great British caricaturist are also the ingredients of his extensive body of work. Financial Disaster Rowlandson had a troubled youth, his mother died when he was still a child and his father was […]

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