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The Blind Masseur From Toyokuni’s Mirror Of The Vagina Series

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An arresting image from the highly-acclaimed ‘Mirror of the Vagina‘-album (c.1823) by the undisputed leader of the Utagawa school at that time, Utagawa Toyokuni (1769-1825). The series was part of the important shunga exhibition at the British Museum in 2014 and discussed in detail in the accompanying catalogue Shunga, Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art. […]

Shunga With Mating Animals By Utagawa Toyokuni

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This time we’ll have a closer look at a striking shunga series that is available in our gallery that was most probably designed by the ukiyo-e master Utagawa Toyokuni I (1769-1825), who was the founder of the influential Utagawa school. The above scene is a spectacular fold-out double page image (shikake-e/trick picture) that features a […]

Utagawa Toyokuni’s Shocking Shunga Design ‘Gravedigger And Corpse’

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A horrifying scene with a gravedigger having sex with the corpse of an acquaintance. A groundbreaking design that changed the shunga genre and introduced a more subversive approach. Translation of the Japanese text (by Shirakura Yoshihiko): Gravedigger: “In my life my love for this woman was great, but nothing could be done about our differences in birth. But […]

The Fascinating Juxtaposition of Classic Shunga and Max Ernst’s Famous Collage Novel

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What if Gustave Dore (1832-1883) started to produce spring images inspired by members of the Utagawa school? Nowadays, we can answer this question by using an artificial neural network, but in the first half of the twentieth century, the answer was already known. The alchemic process of the conjugation of something incongruous expectably took place […]

New Free eBook ‘The 25 Most Important Classical Shunga Artists (Vol.2)’

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We would like to start the new year with another gift to thank you for your involvement with ShungaGallery in the last year. Therefore we want to offer you the first chance to obtain our new eBook, a follow-up to the eBook we issued in December 2019 called ‘The 25 Most Important Classical Shunga Artists‘. Most […]

Ama diver

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Ama diver Women did not always get a good deal in Japan, having no choice but to work in the sex or pleasure trade.  The Ama, however, was something entirely different.  The Ama was the name given to the Japanese pearl divers, also known as the Sea Women of Japan. Women were thought to be […]

Utagawa Kuninao and His Sensual Abundance of Phallic Related Orgies

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Utagawa Kuninao (1793-1854) was a ukiyo-e painter, print artist and illustrator. He first studied Ming painting, then ukiyo-e under Toyokuni, and later he became a follower of Hokusai. Kuninao was a prolific artist, illustrated many books, and his work was popular. Although productive, his work is now scarce. Phallic Humor In the shunga book series ‘Wakamidori‘ (c.1827), […]

Secret Sensual Rendezvous with “Staircase Sex”

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Sequential images that take place in the same location are pretty rare in shunga. They were often included as an extra feature for the entertainment of the reader and/or to emphasize a certain detail in the storyline of the shunga book. Fantasy Places The two sequential images below are from ‘Ikuyo monogatari‘ by Utagawa Toyokuni […]

Eros and Thanatos Meets Shunga

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Love and death always have been the major topics within art. When the Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) introduced his early psycho-analytical theory on human instincts he made the distinction between the life (Eros) and death (Thanatos) instinct. According to him these are the two major forces that drive us. Eros representing love, sexuality and […]

The Forceful Hairy Intruders by the Masters Utamaro and Kunisada

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In the woodblock print schools during the Edo period pupils adopted the style of their masters by looking at their designs and copying them first before they developed their own style later in their career. The teachers (masters) on the other hand looked at their colleagues and rivals from the past and present for inspiration. […]

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