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Shunga Statue of Keisai Eisen’s “Harbor” Scene by Joscha Bender

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A couple of years ago, we sold this lovely Keisai Eisen piece that depicts an intimate couple at a quay in the harbor. The print comes from Eisen’s series ‘Konote gashiwa (Two Aspects of Love/ Child’s-hand Oak)‘, issued around 1836. The client was the German artist Joscha Bender who is both a sculptor and a shunga […]

New Faerber Painting in Tribute to Keisai Eisen and Hokusai

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The starting point for the latest work of Brooklyn-based artist Jeff Faerber are some print designs by the ukiyo-e masters Hokusai and Eisen. On the right in the finished painting (Fig.2) it reads ‘based on prints by Keisai Eisen & Katsushika Hokusai.’ Below you can find these prints and also an insightful explanation by the artist […]

Faerber’s New Modern Erotic Art With an Ode to Hokusai, Eisen and Banksy

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Jeff Faerber has added two gems to his modern erotic art oeuvre. In the first work he pays tribute to two ancient Japanese artists (Keisai Eisen and Hokusai) and one contemporary England-based street artist (the enigmatic Banksy). From a Eisen design he mimicked the pose of the couple, Hokusai is present in the back with […]

The Colorful Erotic World of Ikeda Eisen

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The following ten designs by Ikeda Eisen (1790-1848) are from a series called ‘Mitsukumi sakazuki‘ (c.1820s)… Unknown Territory A secret appointment between an experienced geisha and a young lover near the shore. She is impatient and moves her right hand into his kimono. He is reticent because love is still unknown territory to him. Pillow […]

Keisai Eisen Is Ranked Not Far From Utamaro

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After Hokusai, undoubtedly the most striking figure among the later shunga artists is Keisai Eisen (1790-1848). Eisen was to prove one of the most prolific (together with Kunisada) of all ukiyo-e shunga masters. His several sets of larger album-prints are well known, and he produced more than three dozen different shunga books as well – […]

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 […]

Two-Jointed Shunga Close-ups in the Tomioka Eisen Style

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Below you can find a set of remarkable two-jointed prints designed either by Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905) or one of his followers. The artist shows the viewer the intimate activities of a couple up close by only focusing on the facial expressions of the protagonists (mainly the female) in their ecstatic moments and juxtaposes it to […]

The Extraordinary Japanese Shunga Art of Keisai Eisen

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The Japanese shunga art by the jack-of-all-trades* Keisai Eisen (1790-1848) is always sensual and instantly recognizable for the trained eye. The rendering of the hair-dues, the use of his beloved color purple, and elaborate placement of textiles are just a few of the characteristic features of this great ukiyo-e master. Japanese Shunga Art His most […]

Sensual Video of an Untitled Shunga Series By Keisai Eisen

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The following sensual video features a nearly complete (it lacks the single page illustrations) shungabook series by Keisai Eisen (1790-1848). At this moment the title of the series is unknown to me but it was published in the 1830s: Click HERE for another interesting article on Eisen including a sensual video!

Sensual Eisen Prints of the Playboy Tsuyajihei And a Geisha

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In the nineteenth century, artists like Kunisada (1786-1865) and Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) and their contemporaries started to add new ideas for narrative continuity in their designs. An example of this is a luxury feature such as a foldout page which was used in the Eisen prints below… Sandal In the Water This scene from Keisai Eisen’s […]

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