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Headless Erotica: An Interview with the Shunga Artist Aiko Robinson

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As a follow-up to our much-read article from last April, Shunga Gallery interviews the contemporary shunga artist Aiko Robinson. In the interview you’ll discover what makes the artist tick, her background, influences, fascination with shunga and off course the mystery behind the headless figures in her work… 1) Can you tell something about yourself? Your background, […]

Cubist Interpretations of Famous Ukiyo-e Pieces by Dmitry Trubin

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Dmitry Aleksandrovich Trubin (b. 1961) is a Russian painter, sculptor, illustrator, honored artist of the Russian Federation. He was born in Arkhangelsk, where he lives and works at present. Fig. 1. Self-portrait with the depiction of a geisha in the background The Career In 1989, Trubin graduated from the Faculty of Arts at the Moscow […]

Edmond de Goncourt and His Infectious View on the Aesthetics of Shunga

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The famous art critic, writer and collector Edmond de Goncourt (1822-1896) known for his erudite (although somewhat naive) hymn on The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife began acquiring erotic Japanese prints in October 1863. He writes in his journal: Obscenity ‘The other day I bought some albums of Japanese obscenities. They delight me, amuse me, and charm […]

Gessai Gabimaru Presents a Dutchman Copulating a Horny Japanese Courtesan

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This composition by Gessai Gabimaru (1789-1834) represents Western men coupling with Japanese women, and is similar to other such scenes produced by Chokyosai Eiri, Keisai Eisen, and Kitagawa Utamaro. Aphrodisiac Here, a woman from Kyoto and a Dutchman from Dejima are absorbed in their lovemaking (Fig.1). He has offered her an aphrodisiac like the Dutchman […]

Katsukawa Shunshō’s Superb Haikai Album of the Cuckoo

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Katsukawa Shunshō (c.1726-1792) is one of the preeminent artists of the ukiyo-e, and the most important one of the era between Harunobu and the great masters of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He is one of the few that can also be acknowledged as a great painter and not only as a designer […]

Chokyosai Eiri’s Famous Portrayal of A Horny Dutchman

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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 […]

Gudmundur Erró: Thunderbirds Meets Shunga

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The Icelandic artist Erró (1932), his real name is Guðmundur Guðmundsson, is well-known for his Pop Art compositions of illustrations inspired by comic books and commerce. He studied art (engraving, fresco and painting) at the academy of Oslo. After his study in 1958, he went to Paris where he is still based. His work is often […]

The Sublime Utamaro Art From The Laughing Drinker Series

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Picture-book: The Laughing Drinker (Ehon warai jogo) was probably Utamaro‘s last erotic book, published at New Year 1803. The title refers to someone who perpetually becomes lighthearted when intoxicated. Utamaro‘s Wife The preface purports to be a letter from the artist’s wife, addressed in his absence to the publisher. Written in a suitably feminine calligraphic […]

Japanese Prints Featuring the Bloodthirsty Kappa

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None of the spirits from Japanese mythology was so sinister and evil as the kappa, although he sometimes showed his benevolent or even protective side. The kappa was known as the creature who always kept his word. To its appearance or behavior this reliability is not immediately clear. A kappa has the physique of a […]

Kitagawa Utamaro’s Early and Scarce Shunga Book

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Today we’ll study the Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)’s Picture-book: Dew on the Chrysanthmums (1786). It is one of his scarce early shunga books and precedes his acclaimed album Poem of the Pillow (Utamakura), which was issued in 1788. The series initially appeared in black and white (sumizuri-e) and was later reprinted with additional color blocks. Settei and […]

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