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28 October 2017 

The Great Influence of Shunga on Jeff Faerber and Others

In my endless research on the art of shunga I was pleasantly surprised to discover the increasing amount of contemporary artists that are influenced or inspired by this artform. In my e-mail exchange with one of them, modern shunga artist Jeff Faerber, he told me: “In most of my paintings, I use shunga as inspiration, but this one, is the first time I used one for direct composition and pose of the figures.”

The painting he is talking about can be found below as is the Hokusai print it is inpired on:

jeff faerber

A java script coder and a left-hander endure the results of the dating app’s algorithms which correctly projected that their libidinous prerogatives would overlap by 97%‘ (2017)


Orgasm ‘ (c.1821) from the series ‘Manpuku wagojin (Gods of Intercourse)‘ by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)

The artist Eva Hamon also got inspired by this Hokusai design (in reverse):

eva hamon

Below you can find more examples of contemporary art inspired on the ancient shunga:

Eva Hamon

Lesbian couple‘ (c.1814) from the series ‘Kinoe no komatsu” (Languishing for Love/ Young Pine Saplings)‘ by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)

eva hamon


Couple on verandah during winter night‘ (c.1772/73) from the series ‘Furyu juniki no eika’ (Prosperous Flowers of the Elegant Twelve Seasons)‘ by Isoda Koryusai (1735-1790)

Muhamed Kafedžić

shozan - gay couple - tokaido road - shunga

Gay Couple at Fukuroi station’ from the series ‘Tabimakura Gojusantsugi’ (c.1848-1854) by Koikawa Shozan (1831-1907)

eva hamon


Threesome‘ (c.1802) by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)

eva hamon


Intimate couple on a boat‘ (c.1803) from an untitled series by Kitagawa Utamaro (1765-1806)

Click HERE for more striking Modern Shunga Art!

About the author
Marijn is the founder of With more then 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.


on 2 July 2018

The variations are endless. My fanstasy is lacking.



on 7 July 2018

Thanks Peter, you can always expand your imagination!

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