Okada Yoshio And His Rare Dreaming Beauties
19 september 2017 
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Okada Yoshio And His Rare Dreaming Beauties

The woodblock prints designed by Okada Yoshio (1934) are very scarce. Okado was active during the seventies and early eighties and his prints have never been re-issued. He seems to have suddenly left the Japanese art world. The very few designs that are known feature without exception attractive sensuous females, and/or refer to the Tale of Genji.

Superb Technique

Okada is mentioned and admired for his superb woodblock printing technique by printmaker David Bull. Like Paul Jacoulet, he self-published and printed the majority of his prints. They are characterized by their excellent coverage, surface texture and deep saturated color and bleed through.

Tale of Genji

He is probably most known for his prints (Genji emaki) inspired by the Genji Monogatari story that were commisioned by a Japanese newspaper as an illustrated supplement to a serialized version of the story written by the famous writer Tanabe Seiko (1928). They were added every Sunday for a year, and when the serial was finished, the illustrations and story were issued in book form.

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Surfer Girl‘ (1974) by Okada Yoshio

Curving Wave

A spectacular design depicting a sensuous girl surfing with her eyes closed underneath a curving wave. Okada applied very deep embossing details to the waves and foam.

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Hot Summer Night (aka Matsukaze)‘ (1974)

Bared Shoulders

During a hot summer day a young beauty holding a bamboo fan is snoozing…disheveled hair, her eyes closed, with bared shoulders, in a dreamlike state.

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‘Aristocratic beauty’ from the series ‘Genji emaki

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Sleeping bijin‘ from the series ‘Genji emaki

Long Flowing Hair

An extraordinary dreamy design featuring a voluptuous sleeping beauty (bijin) laying on a red blanket. Her long flowing hair draped backwards.

Sold Quickly

The interest in the work of Okada Yoshio has increased since the introduction of the internet and his prints are sold very quickly when they appear on the market.

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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.
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