YES…It’s finally here! Shunga Gallery is proud to announce – for the first time in over 115 years – the release of our much anticipated woodblock print remake of one of Hokusai’s most dramatic shunga designs.
Earlier this year we gave the gifted ukiyo-e artist Yuuya Shimoi the assignment to produce a reproduction of Hokusai’s classic but rarely seen design from the ‘Erotic Book of Conjugal Eddies (Ehon futamigata)-series. We asked him to evoke the authentic feel of Hokusai’s original, as if we were getting back to early 19th-century Japan.
Close to the Original
When we received the prints earlier this month I knew he succeeded in doing this. Shimoi remained close to the original (we have had the original twice in our collection!) and the print really takes you back to 1803. He carefully selected the applied pigments including the excellent green and purple coloring.
Blade of the Sword
One important detail has been changed (improved in my opinion). This concerns the blade of the sword which “connects” the two center pages. Since the original was issued in a book, and four different blocks were used, the depicted blade is interrupted by the space between the pages and for that reason does not form a continuous whole (see picture below!).
In our new remake the sword runs through in a nice straight line (see picture below)!
In every ukiyo-e genre Hokusai worked in, he managed to produce iconic images that defined the specific genre. The most famous examples of this are of course The Great Wave off Kanagawa (c.1833) and The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife (c.1814).
But his rare four-page scene (two-page fold-out) from ‘Erotic Book of Conjugal Eddies (Ehon futamigata)‘-series (originally issued in 1803) is an early example of his mastery in the shunga genre and must certainly be included among the most important works in erotic art.
‘The Conjugal Eddies‘ series is Hokusai’s earliest attributed shunga work which he designed when he was in his mid-forties. It is now seen as key to the development of Hokusai’s erotic art from his early works of the Shunro period to his later masterpieces.
This is what other experts say about the “Ninja” design:
“…The scene of the robber raping a woman whose husband he has tied up and whom he taunts with the point of his sword, is one of the most horrifying of any shunga of the period … But the malevolent, black-clad figure of the robber is truly monumental and one of the most memorable images of the shunga even of this period.” (Jack Hillier The Art of the Japanese Book (London, 1987)
“…It (Ehon futamigata) contains the famous scene, unfolding over four pages, of a rape committed by a bandit while he keeps his victim’s husband at bay with a sword; the husband is tied up and screaming, but is no less sexually aroused than the bandit himself.” (Gian Carlo Calza in Poem of the Pillow and Other Stories by Utamaro, Hokusai…etc.).
Here are some of the testimonials for The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife remake we received:
“Dear Marijn, The octopus has arrived safely. Wonderful, wonderful. I suspect from the robust packaging that you’ve sent this kind of thing before. I was wondering if you’d thought of making a nicely printed version of the translated text to accompany it, perhaps on the same (format) paper but a different technique. Could be a nice add-on. Anyway, it’s great. My compliments to the artist. What’s next, ha ha.” (Mark P. – Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
“Received with thanks! Superb.” (Henry K. – Toronto, Canada)
“Dear Marijn, Just wanted you to know that I received the print in perfect condition and I am extremely pleased with it! I am so happy that I had the opportunity to add this special print to my collection. Thank you very, very much! All my best, Alan.” (Alan J. – MA, USA)
“The remakes arrived last Friday in perfect condition. Thanks a lot. Kind regards, Philippe.” (Philippe – Paris, France)
“Hi Marijn, Item is very nice. I just purchased the first state which is great and very similar to the original. I am always interested in an old edition. If anytime you can provide, please, let me know.” (Miquel – Majorca)
“Hello Marijn, I’ve successfully received the print. The quality is great, it’s a lovely job. I’m very grateful, and I’m seeking for the best place in my home to place the print! (Olga L.Z. – Nayarit, Mexico)
Testimonial for the original “Ninja/ Home Invasion” piece:
One Exclusive Edition
This excellent two-parted remake will be issued in an exclusive first state edition of only 75 pieces, We have got the blocks and in the future they will not be re-issued. The prints are stamped and signed by the artist and stamped and numbered by the publisher.
Ink Bleed Through
Printed on washi paper with nice ink bleed through visible on the backside of the prints. Fine impression, color and condition.
This extraordinary piece will most definitely be the attention grabber on your wall…!!
And a true collector’s item for the future!
Size of each sheet is 10 2/3″ x 8 1/3″ inches (27 x 21 1/5cm). Total size is 21″ x 8 1/3″ inches (53 1/2 x 21 1/5cm).
The price for this exclusive two-part piece is Euro 400,-..!!