‘A couple surprised by a large snake-shaped object.’ Straw snakes were sold during pigrimages to Mt. Fuji and more commonly to Fujizuka – the “Fuji mounds”built at many locations within the city of Edo substituting for the real mountain.’ From the series ‘Hana-goyomi (Flower Calendar)’, c.1864, Sixth month. Designed by Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) Click HERE for the […]
‘A man and woman singing to a shamisen and dancing. The child seems to be up to some mischief.’ From the series ‘Hana-goyomi (Flower Calendar)’, c.1864, Fourth month. Designed by Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) Click HERE for the design of the fifth month!
‘Shoki, the Demon Queller, happening upon a couple making love in a carp-shaped streamer associated with Tango-no-sekku, the Boy’s Festival. Images of the protective deity Shoki were customarily hung during the festival.’ From the series ‘Hana-goyomi (Flower Calendar)’, c.1864, Fifth month. Designed by Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) Below the image you can find more info and […]
‘Gathering shellfish at low tide; a giant crab is about to pinch a man’s penis.’ From the series ‘Hana-goyomi (Flower Calendar)’, c.1864, Third month. Designed by Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) Click HERE for the design of the fourth month!
‘A man and woman at an Inari Shrine for Hatsu-uma, the festival held on the first horse day of the second month. The fox mask on the stone lantern might be part of a costume worn during a ritual dance, since the fox is the spirit of the harvest god Inari.’ From the series ‘Hana-goyomi […]
Kyosai’s series ‘Hana-goyomi (Flower Calendar) is a delightful set of twelve koban (small-format) prints serving, as the title suggests, as a monthly calendar. During the Edo period the year was divided into twelve lunar months, some having thirty days (dai or long months) and others having twenty-nine days (sho or short months). The length of a given month […]
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 […]
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 […]
The following smaller koban-sized shunga prints are from an untitled set by Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) of 12 calendrical prints issued in 1871… Shoki, the Demon Queller Figure 1 depicts a design for the 5th month (May): “A woman attacks Shoki (Zhong Kui) with a geisha pillow as he tries to sleep with her, exclaiming, ‘How […]
As I am a big fan of the work by Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) myself I was looking forward to check out this comprehensive treatment on the artist’s erotic work. And I have to say that it is far from disappointing. This richly illustrated 225-page booklet (nice small size) represents the shunga work (both prints and […]