In the so-called ‘new prints’ (Shin Hanga), including shunga, that were issued at the beginning of the 20th century, the most obvious features are the influence of Western artistic styles. This can be seen in the use of imported bright chemical colors and the chromolithograph technique, replacing the soft, natural colors of the Edo period. […]
An amusing shunga scroll from the early 1900s with unusual erotic scenes without displaying intercourse. The artist’s obvious talent is reflected in his sense of humor, accurate facial expressions, and eye for detail. Judoka Female judoka holding her male opponent in an arm lock. Bobtail A lady is caressing her breasts while a Japanese black […]
We have expanded our shunga collection with two rare folding screens (Byōbu*) consisting 0f four large erotic paintings from the late Meiji/early Taisho period. Tea Ceremony Large screens (6 to 8 panels) served as background decoration for the traditional theatrical performance or as embellishing enclosures for rituals at temples. The smaller screens (2 panels) were […]
Recently we obtained the following shunga scroll. It depicts the usual 12 painted erotic scenes on silk that display a disarming cheerfulness. Especially the eyes are a discerning stylistic feature of this unidentified Meiji artist. You can click HERE to check out another striking shunga scroll from the Meiji era…!! For more information on this scroll you […]
The following 12 paintings are from an album produced in the late Meiji era. They depict conventional themes and settings but are drawn in a more realistic manner… Click HERE and check out some of the most sensual Asian erotic art from the Meiji era..!!
A set of 12 erotic prints portraying typical Meiji art (1868-1912) with the sensual couples filling a large part of the image. Both protagonists are always completely naked except for the female who only wears an underslip… Click HERE for other striking Meiji art with sensuous encounters…!!
We have added a rare complete koban-sized set of shunga prints to our gallery. The storage folder shows an innocent image with two young girls (probably geisha trainee aka. kamuro) reading instructions in shunga books. The 12 subsequent images reflect the world they will eventually enter. Meiji Red The small prints are luxuriously printed with mica […]
It is mainly the innovative designs that make The Poetic Intercourse stand out. Like in Hokusai’s The Adonis Plant (the fourth image is a direct tribute to the “egg-shaped” couple of Hokusai’s series) the protagonists almost fill the entire image plane with the attention solely focused on the participants and their clothing. There’s some debate concerning […]
In a previous post we examined some of the designs from Kunisada‘s acclaimed masterpiece Koi no yatsu Fuji (Love of Yatsufuji) from 1837. Today we’ll take a look at two Meiji shunga that were inspired by the famous “Dog“-piece. Ejaculation Above painting (Fig.1.) was actually created somewhere between 1850 and 1880 so if it is from […]
Morimura Gitō (1870-1938) was a Nihonga artist from Aichi Prefecture, who studied under Okumura Sekiran and Kimura Kaneaki. He was known for his landscapes and figure paintings, but we came across a hanging scroll from the Meiji era in which he takes a rare foray into the erotic genre of shunga. Little Dog The scenes […]