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Striking Close-Up Intercourse Designs in the Art of Shunga

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Close up Penetration A lot of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century shunga books contain enlarged images of male and female genitals, occasionally while engaged in the sexual act. These kind of ‘close-up’ designs were intended to provide instruction about anatomy and how to give pleasure. Different Shapes These educational images are mostly found immediately following the […]

Striking Shikake-e By Katsukawa Shuncho Depicting Sleeping Maiden Making Love to Demons

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An extra-ordinarily design from the series Ehon Takara bako (A Female Treasure) by Katsukawa Shuncho (act. c. 1780s-early 1800s).  It is an early shikake-e (trick picture) with consecutive images. The right plate features a sleeping maiden whose diabolical dream (left plate!) seems to be incited by an adolescent performing cunnilingus performed on her. ‘Maiden Dreaming of Attack […]

Interview with the Author Carmelo Militano on Modigliani’s Sensual Paintings

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The unsettled artistic life and often erotically charged art of Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) is the subject of the latest book Catching Desire by Carmelo Militano. Last week we talked to the writer, winner of several poetry prizes and faithful follower of Shunga Gallery about his views on the sensual art of Modigliani, Picasso, Cubism and his fascination for […]

8 Riveting Erotic Gems Produced in Late 19th Century China

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The following 8 erotic paintings were produced in China around 1870 and measure ca. 5 4/5″ x  5 3/4″ inches each. All these unique pieces were part of the acclaimed Ferdinand Bertholet collection. Queue Hairstyle They portray the sensual encounters of young males sporting the then fashionable back-of-head (front-shaved) queue hairstyle and their seductive female […]

Harukawa Goshichi and His Image of the Ominous Flight of the Hototogisu

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According to the late ukiyo-e expert Richard Lane, the Osaka artist Harukawa Goshichi (1776-c.1832) is one of the most difficult yet intriguing of the shunga artists. He bridged the gap between Edo and Kyoto ukiyo-e. Social Backgrounds The compelling plateau in this post is from a discerning untitled series Goshichi produced in the late 18th/early 19th […]

Yashima Gakutei or Hokusai? Who Designed These Amazing Shunga Books?

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In the past the mesmerizing erotic book set called ‘Kurawa no tanoshimi ‘ (c.1820s) has been attributed to several artists such as Hokusai’s daughter Katsushika Ōi (c.1800-c.1866), Hokusai’s talented son-in-law Yanagawa Shigenobu (1787-1832) and one of the most refined surimono * designers in the history of ukiyo-e and pupil of Hokusai, Yashima Gakutei ( 1786-1868) **. Hokusai Himself Personally, I […]

A Sambasō Dancer and Lover Rolling Through the Room

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A energetic image, which transfers the impression of actually seeing the couple tumbling and rolling through the room. Sambaso dancer The man is dressed as a sambasō dancer, perhaps to heighten the sexual tension, Sambasō dances were performed as a prelude to the main plays in Nō and Kabuki theaters, and the dancers were dressed as Okina, […]

Kuniyoshi’s Erotic Parody on Eight Views of Ōmi Hakkei

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The word ‘Ōmi ‘ as used in the Kuniyoshi series ‘Eight Views of Lake Biwa (Ōmi  hakkei)‘, literally means ‘to meet and look’, hence the alternative title ‘Eight Views of Dating‘. But it has also the underlying meaning of a sexual encounter between lovers. Eight Views of Ōmi Simultaneously, ‘Eight Views of Ōmi ‘ induces the accepted subject in […]

Erotic Book Set with 22 Charming Images By Utagawa Kunimaru II (?)

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The following complete erotic book set was issued around 1850. The designer is an unknown member of the renowned Utagawa school but the style reminds me of Utagawa Kunimaru II whose style was close to that of his mentor Kunimaru (1794-1829). Gathering The three covers of the books form a triptych (Fig.22) depicting a gathering […]

Copulating Couple Hidden Behind a Tsuitate by Koryusai

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In the penultimate eleventh plate from Isoda Koryusai’s oban-sized album ‘Shikido torikumi juniban ( Twelve Bouts on the Way of Sensuality),’* we watch a couple in an intimate embrace on a futon. Tsuitate The woman’s obi** is hanging casually over a tsuitate***, that is decorated with a design of cranes, a common motif in Japanese art. […]

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