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Intimacies Between Urashima Taro and the Dragon Princess Otohime

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The composition in this magnificently printed surimono print (Fig.1) has a striking depth perception which is suggested by placing the couple in the foreground on the right and the diagonal lines of the long stone bench. There is also a nice contrast between the rustic space in the building and the wild waves of the […]

Botan Doro: Sensual Tale of the Peony Lantern by Senju Shunga

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Ever since the start of Shunga Gallery we’re following the creative evolvement of the modern shunga artist Senju Shunga (1968) closely. This clearly shows how the artist’s aesthetics are increasingly taking shape. His latest ghost painting Botan Doro: Tale of the Peony Lantern is a nice example of this. Pre-raphaelite In this work he brings together many of […]

Sensual Surrealism in the Works of the Japanese “Man Ray” Kansuke Yamamoto

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Kansuke Yamamoto (not to be confused with Masao Yamamoto) was a Japanese poet, photographer, and collagist whose career was developing at the time of absolute domination of surrealism both in Western and Eastern art. Although Yamamoto was not personally acquainted with Man Ray or any other French surrealists, his images are often close to those […]

What Are the 15 Most Sensual Newsletters of 2020?

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OK I admit…I’m a sucker for lists! The following list of our 15 most sensual (read viewed) newsletters gives a nice review of our activities in 2020, and a good idea of which topics you appreciate. Doubling Daily Subscriptions This year we sent 115 newsletters and it’s striking that a lot of  featured in the list […]

Opulent Tanzaku Designs with Horny Tengu Demons, Kintaro, Foxes and Royals

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During the early Meiji era (1868-1912) the artist Kawanabe Kyosai produced a series entitled ‘Byobu isso no uchi (A Pair of Screens)‘. This set of 12 sheets each consisting of 2 images (so 24 total) in the small elongated tanzaku format (7 1/8″ x  3 1/3″ inches) is elaborately printed in surimono-style. Serious Copulation Scene Each […]

Three Comic Shunga Masterpieces by Kawanabe Kyosai

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The artist who almost single-handedly maintained the great ‘laughter picture’ (warai-e) tradition during the Meiji era was Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889). The three paintings below, he produced during a painting party (shogakai) somewhere between 1871 and 1889, are excellent examples of his vital continuation. Droll Scenes Fluttering lines seem to dance across the paper as they form three […]

Senju Shunga on the Aesthetics of Neo Shunga, Hergé and Donald Trump

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Welcome back! In this second part (first part here) of the interview Senju goes into more detail on the production process of his work, his deep love for Japonism, the aesthetics of contemporary shunga, future projects and why doesn’t he have a good word to say about Donald Trump? 5) One of your fans would […]

Georges Wolinski and His Sharp Cartoons on Sex, Politics, and Society

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Being devotees of the cartoon-like works of the Taisho period and comical warai-e pictures by Shozan and Kyosai, which are exposed on this site, we’ve decided to pay attention to one of the masters of Western caricature, French artist Georges Wolinski (1934-2015). He was born in French Tunisia in a Jewish family and lost his […]

Jeff Faerber Makes a Tribute to ShungaGallery.com

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I am always thrilled when Jeff (Faerber) sends me pictures of his most recent paintings. As a lover of his work, it is nice to be one of the first to check out his new shunga fantasies. Euphoria But this time I had a feeling very close to euphoria. When you read the title and Jeff’s comments […]

Hans Bellmer and His Dark Surreal Dollhouse

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Both in Western and Eastern cultures, dolls are an important element of human life as we consider ourselves to be ‘homines ludentes’ (lit. Man the Player). In Japanese tradition, we can find a term iki ningyo or ‘living dolls’ (Fig.1) which was used since the early years of the Meiji period (1868-1912) to mean life-sized, […]

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