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Migita Toshihide’s Copy of Kunisada’s Erotic Candlestick Design

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In the previous article we explored the Kunisada series ‘A True-life Devoted Genji’  (c.1851) which included a erotic design featuring Ashikaga Yoshimitsu making love holding a candlestick see (Fig.2.). Today we look at the ode to this design Migita Toshihide (1862-1925). The Meiji artist Toshihide who was a pupil of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) and got his […]

Enchanting Shunga Images With a Touch of Winter Magic (P2)

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In part 1 we had a look at designs by Keisai Eisen and Isoda Koryusai. Now we’ll proceed with another one by Eisen that is inspired on ‘Fujiwara no Teika on horseback‘, a trendy topic among ukiyo-e artists, and a more uninviting image that takes place at the graveyard designed by Koikowa Shozan. The title […]

Tomioka Eisen And His Two Solo Masturbating Women

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We have added a shunga piece to our collection from the well-known Meiji artist Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905) featuring a solo girl giving herself sexual pleasure while reading a book (Fig.1.). Act of Masturbation The print is a preface page of the concertina album Yakumo no chigiri (Poetic Interlude), a twelve-sheet, aiban formatted work dating to around 1897-1899. […]

Betty Woodman Inspired By an Ancient Shunga Master

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A while ago I sold a series of nice shunga pieces to a New York art collector and avid shunga devotee. He recently told me a fulfilling story about how he took a slew of the prints he purchased from us over to a befriended artist he visited. They looked through at least 50 works, before […]

Erotic Fantasies of Sensuous Nurses During the Sino-Japanese War

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The first Sino-Japanese war (1 August 1894 – 17 April 1895) introduced a new character of erotic fantasy to the stage: the nurse. This was a professional woman whose job it was to touch men, and in some cases intimately. She also had access to, and sometimes power over the male body. Therefore, the nurse was […]

The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife and Its Influence on Tentacle Erotica

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The previous translations published on the internet of one of the most coveted erotic prints called ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ (蛸と海女) were not completely accurate. Below you can find the definitive translation and more background info on this shunga masterpiece… Hokusai‘s ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ became one of the most celebrated of all […]

The Important Shunga Exhibition of the British Museum in 2013/2014

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Stylish promo for the shunga exhibition of the British Museum 2013/2014 The exciting and amusing (look at the very end for the cat!) promo trailer published by the British Museum. The comprehensive shunga exhibition was called ‘Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art’.  It featured rare works including some excellent scroll paintings by Chobunsai Eishi (1756-1829), […]

Kawanabe Kyosai: The Comical Erotic World of a Shunga Genius (Part 2)

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Creative Prowess In 1993, the British Museum held a major Kawanabe Kyosai exhibition, and since then his work has witnessed a re-evaluation. One of the last painters in the Kanõ school, he is now recognized as one of the final ukiyo-e masters. In the realm of shunga, his creative prowess equals earlier Edo-period masters like […]

Kawanabe Kyosai: The Comical Erotic World of a Shunga Genius (P1)

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The phenomenal Meiji artist Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) who was born to a samurai family after that class had lost its power and influence, was famous for using his art as an instrument of political protest against many of the new government’s acts, and was even arrested for it. Completely Original Not only did he create arguably […]

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