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Katsukawa Shunshō’s Superb Haikai Album of the Cuckoo

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Katsukawa Shunshō (c.1726-1792) is one of the preeminent artists of the ukiyo-e, and the most important one of the era between Harunobu and the great masters of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He is one of the few that can also be acknowledged as a great painter and not only as a designer […]

Nanshoku Art: The Sensual Moment of a Gay Samurai and a Young Boy

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A middle-aged samurai sharing an intimate moment with a young boy in an interior setting. As I mentioned in earlier posts homosexuality was not uncommon in Japan and depictions of this ‘male-male intercourse’ (nanshoku) occured regularly in shunga as well. Like the many girls in the pleasure quarters, boys could also be bought for sex. […]

Girl Voyeur Spying on a Shy Boy and Experienced Woman

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Voyeurism is a common theme in shunga, and appears in many variations. Men and women spying on couples from behind a screen, sliding doors, fences, windows, or through holes in the wall. Girl Voyeur In this design Harunobu (1724-1770) depicts a graceful indoor scene with a bashful boy seduced by an experienced woman who encourages […]

18 Sensual Encounters Behind Mosquito-Netting Available in Our Gallery

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In the mise-en-scène of the shunga idiom the different seasons could be conveyed for instance by the snow in the background, seasonal clothing, popular festivals, specific flowers, an incense burner would indicate summer and a kotatsu (heated table) winter. Mosquito-netting Mosquito-netting emphasized the hottest days of summer. They were often ingeniously incorporated in the composition and were a […]

Maneemon in the Silkworm Room Observing a Superstitious Girl

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The following print shows us a naked patriarch who observes a man pushing his female lover to the ground and spreading her legs in order to have a quickie in the silk room of a farmhouse. The miniature man, Maneemon* (the recurring figure in this Harunobu series) crawls towards the couple to get a better […]

The Magnificent Shunga Collection of the Controversial Aubrey Beardsley

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The exclusive and direct impact of shunga on the artists in Britain during the second half of the 19th Century was limited to only a few painters and illustrators. One of them was the “genius of the grotesque”, and the most important representative of the Decadent art in England, Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898). Beardsley was famous […]

Sensual Silhouettes as Depicted in Shunga Art

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For the reader over forty years of age, probably the most famous silhouette they know is the one of Alfred Hitchcock from the classic TV show “Alfred Hitchcock presents”. The master of suspense knew that the use of the silhouette adds a mysterious element and therefore used this technique in several of his movies such […]

The Painful Moxa Treatment as Depicted in Shunga

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The painting and the print below show us the rare depiction of moxa treatment. Moxa, or young, dried mugwort, is applied while burning to a person’s body as a form of medical treatment. These treatments are sometimes very hurtful and their effect can be compared with acupuncture. Burning moxa was also used to remove tattoos. […]

How to Pick the Right Angle to Start Your Shunga Collection

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Some people get overwhelmed by the wide range of subjects and themes within the shunga genre (thousands of books, prints and paintings were issued between 1600-1912) and therefore do not make a choice and select a topic. To make it easier and to find a path in the large amount of possibilities I have added some […]

Koryusai Print Depicting a Tricky Encounter of an Adolescent Couple

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A young couple, indulging in their lust, have become thoroughly entangled with each other, while an older man sleeps nearby. They have limited space and if the boy stretches his legs too far, he will knock down the folding screen. Small Is Better Than Big Chrysanthemums and grasses can be seen outside in the garden […]

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