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Abuna-e of a Geisha And Secret Lover Reading Love Letter

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When ukiyo-e artists produced complete shunga print sets (mainly twelve) in the larger oban-size, frequently on the sheets (often the first) concerned a so-called abuna-e (risqué pictures). These more discreet kind of designs were titillating and suggestive but not explicit. Eizan and Eisen Two artists who excelled in this sub-genre were Kikugawa Eizan (1767-1867) and his talented […]

Utagawa Kuninao and His Sensual Abundance of Phallic Related Orgies

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Utagawa Kuninao (1793-1854) was a ukiyo-e painter, print artist and illustrator. He first studied Ming painting, then ukiyo-e under Toyokuni, and later he became a follower of Hokusai. Kuninao was a prolific artist, illustrated many books, and his work was popular. Although productive, his work is now scarce. Phallic Humor In the shunga book series ‘Wakamidori‘ (c.1827), […]

Takeuchi Keishu: Never-Before-Seen Images of His Rare Erotic Masterpiece

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Before we’ll examine one of the best shunga works produced at the end of the nineteenth century, let’s take a closer look at the designer of this late erotic masterpiece, Takeuchi Keishu (1861-1942). Who was he? Yoshitoshi Keishū was born in Edo (nowadays Tokyo) in 1861. The second son of a feudal underling of the […]

‘The Deflowering of a Regretful Lady’ By Shigenobu

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An elegant image depicting a young beauty biting a handkerchief, with an apparently abashed expression while rocking back and forth on top of the man who has deflowered her. At first sight the depiction seems to be a peaceful encounter between two lovers but the dialogue reveals something different: Woman: ‘You told me to come […]

Utamaro’s Lusty Widows and Secret Lovers

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Here a widow secretly meets her married lover (Fig.1.). The emphasis on the eyes in Utamaro’s art is shown in clear detail; the woman twists round to catch the man’s gaze as he uses his fingers to stimulate her. She lifts her hand to her mouth in surprise at his bold move and raises her […]

Revealing the Sensual Pleasure Boat Secrets

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During the middle and late Edo period, the use of a pleasure boat was pretty common among the geisha and a favored client, for a private moment, away from the hectic of the Yoshiwara brothels. Boats played a crucial role in the workings of the Yoshiwara, as they were the primary means of transport to […]

The Risky Pictures by the Notorious Artist Keisai Eisen

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The risky pictures in shunga, also called abuna-e, were one of the specialties of the multi-talented Japanese artist Keisai Eisen (1790-1848).  These kind of images are characterized by a more evocative atmosphere with the couples (mainly courtesans and their secret lovers) depicted just after or before their love-making. A fascinating post-coital scene with a geisha […]

Utamaro Kitagawa and His Crowning Komachi-Biki Series (P1)

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While the subject of women is dominant within the arts of Man there are few artists whom we associate primarily with this subject. One major exception to this phenomenon is Utamaro Kitagawa (1753-1806). Crowning Utamaro‘s final, according to some his crowning, accomplishment in his erotic work is the shunga album called ‘Komachi-biki (Embracing Komachi/Venus)‘ issued […]

Bamboo Cutter From the Shunga Masterpiece A Light Spring Snow

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The title of the shunga design treated here is ‘The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter (Taketori monogatari)’  It is one of the best designs from the masterpiece series ‘A Light Spring Snow (Haru no usuyuki)’ designed by Keisai Eisen (1790-1848), published in 1822. Below I have added two quotations of ukiyo-e experts who discuss this design in detail. […]

Kuniyoshi’s Excellent Erotic Ghost Series Featuring Phallus and Vulva-Shaped Demons (P1)

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In this magnificent series called ‘Ghost Stories: Night Procession of the Hundred Demons (Kaidan hyakki yagyô)’ the artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) displays his comic genius like no other. These small koban-sized (c. 3 1/2′ x 5′ inches) designs show male and female genitalia disguised as various demons and ghosts. The title on each print is often vulgar and ambiguous […]

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