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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, […]

A Humorous Take on The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife

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This koban-sized print is a humorous take on designs as that from Shigenobu’s The Dyer’s Saffron (c.1830) and off course Hokusai’s The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife (c.1814). Mirror of Vanity It shows an octopus wearing a headscarf performing oral sex on an ama diver who submits in apparent ecstasy. She is lying with her head […]

How the Ukiyo-e Master Utamaro Sets Us on the Wrong Foot

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A man sucks at his lover’s nipple. They are making love in a seated position in an ordinary room in a townsman’s house. At first sight, when we observe their simple cotton bathrobes they wear, it seems an uninhibited scene of sexual intercourse between husband and wife after a bath. Yet, the dialogue tells us […]

If Takeuchi Seiho Had Produced Shunga They Would Have Looked Like This

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Today we’ll examine a Japanese erotic scroll that consists of 5 hand paintings on silk. It was created during the Meiji era and displays an outstanding artistic quality. As shunga were seen as pornography and therefore strictly prohibited in this era (and after) they are not signed. Calves and Knuckles What immediately stands out is […]

New Free eBook ‘The 25 Most Important Classical Shunga Artists (Vol.2)’

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We would like to start the new year with another gift to thank you for your involvement with ShungaGallery in the last year. Therefore we want to offer you the first chance to obtain our new eBook, a follow-up to the eBook we issued in December 2019 called ‘The 25 Most Important Classical Shunga Artists‘. Most […]

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