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Chinese Erotic Art: Shanghai Decadence in the 1920s

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.

Western Hairstyles

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.

chinese erotic painting A young Chinese girl directs her partner's penis to her private area while bringing a black handkerchief to her mouth in slight embarrassment. She is sitting on a pillow while leaning backwards to four rolled up blankets. Her male partner has kept his English woolen socks on

 A young Chinese girl directs her partner’s penis to her private area while bringing a black handkerchief to her mouth in slight embarrassment. She is sitting on a pillow while leaning backwards to four rolled up blankets. Her male partner has kept his English woolen socks on.

chinese erotic painting with a Young Chinese couple watching each other in the mirror

Young Chinese couple watching each other in the mirror. The girl is sporting a dildo attached to her heel.

chinese erotic art with Girl massaging her lover's private parts with her feet. His white Panama hat hanging on the door.

Girl massaging her lover’s private parts with her feet. His white Panama hat hanging on the door.

chinese erotic painting with a Stark naked couple making love on a sofa

Stark naked couple making love on a sofa. The painting above them on the wall features a mountain lake.

chinese erotic painting with A threesome with one male and two females.

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.

chinese erotic painting with Completely naked mature couple in the missionary pose. Above them a large painting depicting a snowy mountain village.

Completely naked mature couple in the missionary pose. Above them a large painting depicting a snowy mountain village.

chinese erotic painting with Pregnant woman penetrated sideways by her lover.

Pregnant woman penetrated sideways by her lover.

chinese erotic painting with 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.

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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Kk

on 21 May 2019

i m a Chinese I m confident to tell u that v r all hypocrite

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Marijn

on 29 May 2019

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