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Koryusai Print Depicting Adolescent Couple and Older Man

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A young couple, indulging in their lust, have become thoroughly entangled with each other, while an older man sleeps nearby. They have limited space and if the boy stretches his legs too far, he will knock down the folding screen. Small Is Better Than Big Chrysanthemums and grasses can be seen outside in the garden […]

Koryusai’s Sensual Erotic World In Koban Shunga (P2)

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In this sequel (Part 1 can be found here) we look further into Koryusai’s contribution to shunga in the smaller koban format… Direction A courtesan is moving the penis of a male client in the right direction. Hairdo A mature man gets intimate with a younger courtesan in the garden. His face is visible through […]

Koryusai’s Sensual Erotic World In Koban Shunga (P1)

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Probably the most undervalued ukiyo-e master and most prolific artist of his time, Isoda Koryusai (1735-1790) excelled in hashira-e (pillar print) and shunga. As expected, in the beginning his work was very reminiscent to that of his mentor Suzuki Harunobu (1724-1770) but after the death of the latter Koryusai developed his own style. More Realistic This […]

Isoda Koryusai’s ‘Peeking Infant Surprising His Copulating Sister’ Design

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The first design on the page is from ‘Sensual Colors, Phoenix Free in a Field’ aka ‘Sensual Colours, A Phoenix Released in the Field‘-series and is Isoda Koryusai’s first of only two oban-sized shunga series. The second one is ‘Twelve Holds of Love a.k.a. Twelve Bouts of Love’ (Shikido torikumi juniban)‘ that was published between […]

The Sensual Dialogue Between a Young Couple and the Chrysanthemums

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Many couples in shunga select “dangerous” places for their secret rendez-vous, and are anxious of being caught. The veranda which wrapped around traditional architecture is one such locale. The energetic thrust of the young man’s love-making here pushes the woman back into the room, and she braces herself on the door. Surging Waves The surging […]

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 […]

14 Sensual Encounters Behind Mosquito-Netting Available in Our Gallery

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In the mise-en-scène of the shunga idiom the different seasons could be conveyed for instance by the snow in the background, seasonal clothing, popular festivals, specific flowers, an incense burner would indicate summer and a kotatsu (heated table) winter. Mosquito-netting Mosquito-netting emphasized the hottest days of summer. They were often ingeniously incorporated in the composition and were a […]

Maneemon in the Silkworm Room Observing a Superstitious Girl

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The following print shows us a naked patriarch who observes a man pushing his female lover to the ground and spreading her legs in order to have a quickie in the silk room of a farmhouse. The miniature man, Maneemon* (the recurring figure in this Harunobu series) crawls towards the couple to get a better […]

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 […]

Who Were the Favorite Beauties of Suzuki Harunobu?

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This the first plate of Harunobu’s famous The Lusty Maneemon series (c.1768) introducing the character Maneemon who plays a central role in all 24 designs. Here he is seen in a kneeling pose, before his transformation, while two beauties standing on a white cloud descend from heaven floating in front of him. Magic Brew The […]

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