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Torii Kiyonaga’s Early Oban Masterpiece ‘Twelve Holds in the Way of Sex’

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Torii Kiyonaga‘s ‘Twelve Holds in the Way of Sex (Shikido juniban) is definitely one of the big early ukiyo-e oban series. The included tableaus portray gracefully curved shapes highlighted by flowing kimono’s that are beautified with clear patterns, in a limited color scheme. Kiyonaga’s Compositions The placing of interior accessories, such as geisha pillows, screens, braziers or […]

The Art of Anal Sex by Torii Kiyonaga

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This more unusual shunga scene depicts a geisha – recognizable by her black haori – from the unlicensed Fukugawa prostitute district. She has her eyes closed during this sexual bout of anal penetration. This is a perfectly balanced composition, where the rich black creates a counterweight to the genitalia. The blocks of colour and patterns […]

The Blissful Oharame From Kiyonaga’s Sode No Maki

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A peasant girl and country lad caught in a moment of sexual bliss. This type of peasant woman is traditionally associated with Ohara, a village north-west Kyoto, and thus the name Oharame (Ohara maiden). Oharame Oharame were easy identifiable by their distinctive costume of an apron, hand-covers, white leggings and rustic sandals. They are often […]

Kiyonaga and His Sensual Magnum Opus Sode No Maki

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‘Sode no Maki (The Sleeve Scroll)’ by Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815) is unique as it is a printed handscroll with images in the more unusual horizontal hashira-e or ‘pillar picture’ format. Each scene was pasted together to create the scroll. Perhaps as suggested by the title, a scroll such as this was meant to be carried inside […]

What Are the Secrets of the Genital Exaggeration in Shunga?

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One of the most eye-catching features of shunga is the exaggerated size of the male genitalia. The simple portrayal of nude bodies had little intrinsic erotic force, and so in shunga the sex organs are imbued with extra power through their exaggerated size. Impossibly Large Penis Less often acknowledged is the enlargement of the female […]

Bathhouse Gossip: What Is the Seductive Girl in the Centre Saying to the Boy Behind Her?

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A print showing five people in a scene full of sensuality. The attention of the viewer is drawn to the seated girl in the centre, Ohachi, and the young man sensually massaging her back. They are observed with impudent gazes by the older man and the woman, dressed in a light cotton robe, who is […]

Pregnant Women Having Sex as Portrayed in Shunga

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No daily subject matter was omitted in the images of shunga, so pregnant women having sex with their spouses should not be missing from the artist’s idiom. The woman depicted during their pregnancy attract attention not only by their swollen belly but also by a piece of clothing called haramaki (lit. “bellyband”), that was worn […]

The Magnificent Shunga Collection of the Controversial Aubrey Beardsley

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The exclusive and direct impact of shunga on the artists in Britain during the second half of the 19th Century was limited to only a few painters and illustrators. One of them was the “genius of the grotesque”, and the most important representative of the Decadent art in England, Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898). Beardsley was famous […]

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 […]

Interview with the Artist Senju Horimatsu on His Sensual Tattoo Art (P1)

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Of all contemporary artists who are influenced by the art of shunga, there is no one who dedicates himself so completely to this art form as the Swedish print designer/ painter Matti Senju Horimatsu (1968). This former tattoo artist reduced his activities in irezumi (traditional Japanese tattooing) and concentrated more and more on his paintings, prints […]

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