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The Iconic Kinoe No Komatsu Series by Katsushika Hokusai

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Kinoe no Komatsu (Pining for Love) marks a turning point in Hokusai‘s career in which he intensified and reached a high level of quality in his erotic albums. His depiction of the human figure changed radically, acquiring a fuller, more opulent and fleshier form, expressing a vigorous, powerful sensuality. Hokusai‘s attention and care for the smallest […]

Auguste Rodin’s Fascination For Japanese Shunga Prints

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When the famous French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) visited his friend and admirer, the art critic Edmond de Goncourt (1822-1896) in January 1887, he was very curious to see these exotic art treasures in real life. His curiosity was sparked by Goncourt’s books Outamaro and Hokousaï which he had received shortly before. Goncourt was prepared because he always had […]

Why Was Keisai Eisen Such a Decadent Shunga Artist?

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Keisai Eisen (1790-1848), a pupil of the Hokusai school, was the first of the three leading ukiyo-e masters (the other two were Kunisada and Kuniyoshi) who started to produce in the shunga genre during the Bunsei/Tenpo era (1820s to 1844). Popular Although Kunisada was already a very popular artist in the Bunka period (1804-1818), long before Keisai […]

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the Utamaro of Montmartre (P1)

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The Post-Impressionist artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) and his interest in Japanese art is closely linked to the writer and art dealer Maurice Joyant (1864-1930). The collection of the latter was one of the most visited by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters and are a further indication of the co-dependent, comprehensive network of artists, authors and other […]

Utamaro and His Sensual Shunga Art

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Of all Japanese artists, and perhaps all Asian artists after Hokusai, Utamaro is possibly the best known in the West. To a great extent he owes his reputation to Edmond de Goncourt’s biography, the celebrated pioneering work Utamaro: le peintre des maisons vertes (Utamaro: Painter of the Green Houses), published in Paris in 1891. Hedonistic […]

Utagawa Kuniyoshi: The Edo Brocades, The Eastern Library Series

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861), arguably the most creative and innovative artist of the Floating World during the last years of rule of the Tokugawa shogunate. He was the son of a dyer from Nihonbashi, and lived and worked in Edo. As a boy of thirteen, he entered the studio of Utagawa Toyokuni and became an independent artist. […]

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