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The 'In-Your-Face' Erotica of the Dutch Artist Jan van Rijn
11 November 2020 

The 'In-Your-Face' Erotica of the Dutch Artist Jan van Rijn

Recently, the artist Jeff Faerber drew my attention to the exceptional nude portraits of my fellow countryman Jan van Rijn. Off course, his surname almost immediately brings to mind the great 17th century Dutch master. Could this be a descendant of Rembrandt van Rijn? In any case, his drawing talent will not be the stumbling block.

A Step Further

Like the shunga tableaux in Fukujuso (The Adonis Plant) of the great Japanese master Katsushika Hokusai, the figures are distinguished by their giant scale, and almost completely dominate the image plane. Van Rijn even goes a step further. His voluptuous female beauties emphatically present their naked body and genitals in particular, that even certain body parts are outside the frame.

Similarities With Hokusai

What Van Rijn also shares with Hokusai and other ukiyo-e masters are the virtuoso lines and keen eye for form. His extraordinary use of perspective keeps the viewer hypnotized and enchanted precisely because it adds an additional aesthetic layer to the work. Also discerning in his style is the focus on refined details (such as hair and private parts) rather than presenting a cohesive scene.

Anal Fetish

Van Rijn’s portrayals are an ode to feminine sensuality. The females are clearly in control and/or dominating, while their “aphrodisiac parts”, such as the hips and the curves of the breasts, are slightly exaggerated. His subject matter explores a wide range of sexual fantasies, from bondage & SM to transgender and lesbianism, from stocking & foot to anal sex fetishes. Although explicit it never gets obscene. The artist has the ability to captivate us as a spectator, while the aesthetics undermine possible offense.

Provocation As a Prerequisite

Fascinating is the following rejection the artist received from Menshealth.de: “In our erotic sections the women depicted are certainly provocative but not as clearly and never as submissive and abased as they are presented by you. Erotic images in general have a hard time in our magazine and they need to exactly hit the right tone. Which your drawings don’t..” This gap (or niche) is one of the main reasons we started Shunga Gallery. For us, the provocative nature of an artwork is a prerequisite and Van Rijn’s drawings hit in our opinion exactly the right tone…!

Anyway, judge for yourself…

female massaging one of her breasts

From the series ‘New Delft Cuts

jan van rijn nude from the rear

jan van rijn masturbating nude

jan van rijn nude ass

jan van rijn round ass

jan van rijn fellatio fish

transgender art by Jan van Rijn

jan van rijn nude feet

jan van rijn nude portrait from the side

jan van rijn erotic

From the series ‘My Secret Eye

big breasts by jan van rijn

young female performing fellatio

From the series ‘Sacre Coeur

fellatio art jan van rijn

From the series ‘Sacre Coeur

nude female sitting on a dildo

From the series ‘New Delft Cuts

jan van rijn cunnilingus

From the series ‘Queen of Little Rooms

jan van rijn anal intercourse

From the series ‘Stagg Street

jan van rijn fellatio

jan van rijn nude on bed

From the series ‘Black Breviary

anal finger jan van rijn

From the series ‘Stagg Street

jan van rijn sitting nude portrait

From the series ‘Stagg Street

female with dildo van rijn

From the series ‘The Nereids

van rijn bondage art

From the series ‘Black Breviary

lesbians fisting jan van rijn

From the series ‘Queen of Little Rooms

Click HERE and discover what were the most arousing shunga for the male reader in the Edo (now Tokyo) era….!!

The source of the above pictures is the artist’s website on which you can find more by clicking HERE…!!

Do you think these illustrations are too provocative? Or do you appreciate this kind of explicitness? Don’t hesitate to leave your reaction in the comment box below….!!

About the author
Marijn is the founder of shungagallery.com. With more than 20 years of experience within the sensual and erotic art of shunga he is an authority in the genre. During this time he served many customers with complementing their art collection.
JB
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JB

on 16 November 2020

Some interesting graphic work, but Jan van Rijn's art has strong parallels with George Pichard's work, and I profoundly dislike Pichard. I wouldn't mind adding a few of Jan's pieces to my collection (I like the way he uses red and black,) but as for the rest of his work, it's too "Pichardish." I may be wrong, but my feeling is that Jan uses porn photography as a departing base for his work (nothing wrong with that,) but he falls short of creating the distance that would make his creations his.

Marijn
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Marijn

on 17 November 2020

Thanks JB. Interesting, I wouldn't have thought of Pichard. Do you mean their use of the monochrome palette? We'll have an interview with the artist at short notice and ask him about his working method and influences.

JB
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JB

on 17 November 2020

Hi Marijn, No I wasn't thinking of the use of b&w per se, although that might be another aspect of it, but rather of the way both artists proportion women and the crudity expressed. It's not the fact that it's explicit, "in-your-face" graphic work, a lot of erotic/a is created that way, but the implicit/explicit violence that emanates from the work. It's a "quality" (?) both artists share. I have no interest in BDSM, obviously. I didn't know Jan van Rijn until I met him here, so my comments are based on what you made available and what I found on the internet. I can't find any of his work for sale; no original artwork, no prints, no books. Will have to keep looking. Any pointers?

JB
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JB

on 17 November 2020

And one last additional comment: you mention that you were made aware of Jan's work by Jeff Faerber; that's another artist with corpus of work I profoundly dislike. There's bad painting as defined by Marcia Tucker, and Faerber's work would fall under that umbrella: bad erotic (are they? To me they aren't...) paintings. Geoff Nicholson, in his book "Sex Collectors," wrote that, "a collection (and I add, of erotica or any other,) is always intensely personal. It has meanings and intimacies that another person can never share. It excludes others." Indeed! It's the best definition of a collection I ever came across. And since collecting is an expression of one's aesthetic sensibilities, any piece selected, added to it, refused, discarded, is a statement. When it comes to erotica, and as Nicholson calls it, "sex collecting," it becomes even more personal. But then again, like picasso said, isn't all art erotic!?

Marijn
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Marijn

on 17 November 2020

Thanks JB. No, I don't have references to available work from the artist at this time. His work is pretty rare as he produces only small editions of 25. But I'll ask him about it in our interview! My articles are always about art or artists who appeal to me personally. This also applies to most of Jeff Faerber's erotic work.It'd indeed personal. Btw. I think the third piece by Van Rijn depicted above, with the female stroking her private parts from behind her back while pressing the nails from her other hand firmly into her stomach, is truly magnificent!

JB
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JB

on 17 November 2020

It's an interesting piece, but I don't like the way her head/face shows. Feels forced and disjointed to me. Also don't like her nails --- same as I dislike high heels and boots, etc. --- part of the same fetish elements I designate as "erotica in high heels." Add to that leather, chains, rubber and such. There are a few exceptions that come close to BDSM that I like, and are part of my collection, such as Hans Bellmer, Pierre Molinier and Alvin Booth. But their work is superb and fetishistic elements are used as part of a language vocabulary Jan's work simply doesn't even come close to. However, as said, and I insist on this, when it comes to classifying, commenting on any piece, collecting is a very personal, very intimate endeavor that no one but the collector himself or herself can fully understand.

Marijn
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Marijn

on 17 November 2020

Yes, taste remains elusive. Although in rare cases there is accounting for taste and is the artist beyond all doubt (i.m.h.o.) ... for example Hokusai!

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