The following smaller koban-sized shunga prints are from an untitled set by Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) of 12 calendrical prints issued in 1871… Shoki, the Demon Queller Figure 1 depicts a design for the 5th month (May): “A woman attacks Shoki (Zhong Kui) with a geisha pillow as he tries to sleep with her, exclaiming, ‘How […]
From a set of six tanzaku prints with pictures printed on both sides. The front side designed by Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831-1889) and the reverse depicting the twelve animals of the East Asian zodiac (Fig.4) by Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891). The set features elaborate printing techniques such as silver patterns on areas of gold and embossing in the […]
Rembrandt once said that drawing is like walking—the only way to achieve results is by constant practice. The following three sketches by Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) give a nice intimate view into the artist’s working method. It provides the opportunity to follow his creative quest closely, and see how he conveys the emotions that flow through the bodies […]
The artist who almost single-handedly maintained the great ‘laughter picture’ (warai-e) tradition during the Meiji era was Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889). The three paintings below, he produced during a painting party (shogakai) somewhere between 1871 and 1889, are excellent examples of his vital continuation. Droll Scenes Fluttering lines seem to dance across the paper as they form three […]
The following oban plate is among the most celebrated shunga designs in ukiyo-e history and is the first tableau of Chõkyõsai Eiri’s acclaimed Models of Calligraphy-series, which was published New Year 1801. Dutch Captain Through the window of a brothel in Nagasaki we spy a Dutch captain having sex with a Japanese courtesan. Incense burns in […]
Today we briefly put the spotlight on an eye-catching design by the Meiji master Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889). The print comes from his series ‘Byobu isso no uchi (A Pair of Screens)’ that consists of twelve tanzaku-e sized (7 1/8″ x 3 1/3″) prints. Each sheet is accompanied by another (so twenty-four in total), pasted to […]
As I am a big fan of the work by Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) myself I was looking forward to check out this comprehensive treatment on the artist’s erotic work. And I have to say that it is far from disappointing. This richly illustrated 225-page booklet (nice small size) represents the shunga work (both prints and […]
‘A man throwing beans at a demon that has appeared during sex. In the Edo period, a bean-scattering ceremony was performed in the 12th month.’ From the series ‘Hana-goyomi (Flower Calendar)’, c.1864, Twelfth month. Designed by Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) Click HERE for the design of the First Month! In the following video you can watch […]
‘Men and women engaging in promiscuous sex in the crowd of the Tori-no-ichi Fair, held at Otori Shrines on each day of the rooster in the eleventh month.’ From the series ‘Hana-goyomi (Flower Calendar)’, c.1864, Eleventh month. Designed by Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) Click HERE for the design of the Twelfth Month!
‘Ebisu, a Lucky God, on the night of Ebisu-ko (the Ebisu Festival), sneaking out of a hanging scroll to peep at a sleeping woman.’ From the series ‘Hana-goyomi (Flower Calendar)’, c.1864, Tenth month. Designed by Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) Click HERE for the design of the Eleventh Month !