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The Bloody Pictures of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (NFTS)

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Between 1866 and 1868, the sublime Meiji artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) created a set of very disturbed and disquieting designs. The most sadistic of these bloody pictures (muzan-e) are to be found in a series called ‘Eimei nijuhasshuku (Twenty-eight Famous Murders with verse)‘. He coproduced it with Utagawa Yoshiiku (1833-1904). Decapitation These prints were a […]

The Violent Universum of Yoshitoshi and Kuniyoshi

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In the previous article the cannibalistic serial-killer The Hag of the Lonely House was introduced. She chased travellers, in particular pregnant women. In the story The Hag uses her beautiful daughter to attract strangers with the single purpose to kill them. Unfortunately for her things don’t work out because the daughter falls in love with one of […]

Yoshitoshi’s Shocking Picture of the Serial Killer The Hag

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Today let’s take a closer look at one of the more subversive and influential art pieces of the Meiji era (1868-1912) produced by the legendary Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892). The design that for instance had a major impact on the start of the kinbaku (bondage art) art of Seiu Ito (1882-1961). Kitchen Knife In a solitary shack in […]

The Erotic, Grotesque and Nonsense World of Shintaro Kago

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The work of Japanese artist Shintaro Kago (1969) is known at home and abroad as one of the great expressions of the ero guro nansensu. Much more thought of as a set of cultural trends, which emerged during the Taisho era and the beginning of the Shōwa era, than an organized movement, the ero guro […]

Troublemaking Prostitute Sada Abe: Seduced Sadist or Rebel Lover? (P1)

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Shunga Gallery focuses mainly on sensual paintings and prints, but the material of the current article enables us to talk about “moving” shunga pictures, we mean cinema, of course. Japanese prostitute Sada Abe (1905-ca. 1972), who murdered and then mutilated (cut off the penis and testicles) her lover Kichizō Ishida in 1936, became a heroine […]

Intimacies Between Urashima Taro and the Dragon Princess Otohime

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The composition in this magnificently printed surimono print (Fig.1) has a striking depth perception which is suggested by placing the couple in the foreground on the right and the diagonal lines of the long stone bench. There is also a nice contrast between the rustic space in the building and the wild waves of the […]

Botan Doro: Sensual Tale of the Peony Lantern by Senju Shunga

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Ever since the start of Shunga Gallery we’re following the creative evolvement of the modern shunga artist Senju Shunga (1968) closely. This clearly shows how the artist’s aesthetics are increasingly taking shape. His latest ghost painting Botan Doro: Tale of the Peony Lantern is a nice example of this. Pre-raphaelite In this work he brings together many of […]

Senju Shunga on the Aesthetics of Neo Shunga, Hergé and Donald Trump

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Welcome back! In this second part (first part here) of the interview Senju goes into more detail on the production process of his work, his deep love for Japonism, the aesthetics of contemporary shunga, future projects and why doesn’t he have a good word to say about Donald Trump? 5) One of your fans would […]

Reynolds and Rose Re-Interpreting Traditional Japanese Ukiyo-e Shunga

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The (regular) artist duo Reynolds and Rose created a series of paintings in which they give their own unique take on ancient shunga. The body of work is entitled ‘Japornism: Erotic Contemporientalism‘ and was exhibited at the Eaton Hill Gallery in 2018. Sopranos Both artists share a musical and artistic background, and in the last decade they […]

Suehiro Maruo: Freaks, Ocular Fixation and the Erotic Grotesque

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Suehiro Maruo (1956) is one of the most important representatives of the Ero Guro movement. Ero what? Well, it is a rebellious artistic genre that mixes erotica with components of the macabre and grotesque. Hence, it’s other name ‘Erotico-grotesque’. It spans a variety of art forms including literature, movies and painting, often referring to stories that […]

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