The whirlpool of activity in Shanghai during the 1920s and 1930s was unmatched in the Far East. In the booming port city, there was a mixture of the decadence of old China and the crudeness of the new culture. The erotic scroll paintings below were made at that time. They are representative of a genre called Spring Palace Paintings, which showed sensual scenes.
These pieces are among the last examples of paintings in traditional style. Although the style is classical, the portrayed men wear Western clothes and all protagonists have Western hairstyles. The ladies still have bound feet, and some keep the old Chinese stomacher to cover their breast and belly, the traditional way.
Girl massaging her lover’s private parts with her feet. His white Panama hat hanging on the door.
A threesome with one male and two females. The reluctance of the lying girl and the impatient advances of the boy are aptly-applied by the artist.
Completely naked mature couple in the missionary pose. Above them a large painting depicting a snowy mountain village.
Pregnant woman penetrated sideways by her lover.
Intimate couple in a tight embrace while passionately kissing. The woman wears a traditional Chinese stomacher while the man still sports his Western sock garters that were popular at the time.
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