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Who Was the Client That Commissioned Kunisada to Portray The Tale of Genji Series?

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Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865) created three shunga book series (called “Three Genji”) around the subject of Genji monogatari (The Tale of Genji). The designs below are from the third and the last of this series called ‘Seisha aioi Genji (aka. ‘The Zodiac’ series or ”A True-life Devoted Genji’), published in 1851. Fashionable Hair-Style The series is a […]

The Horny Maneemon Spying On a Homosexual Couple and Angry Pregnant Woman (P2)

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In part 1 we accompanied Maneemon on his erotic adventure in which he spied on a homoerotic couple. In this article we’ll dig a bit deeper and explore the homosexual culture of Japan at that time. At the end we’ll have a look at a previous experience (panel) in which Maneemon encounters an adulturous male, his young […]

The Horny Maneemon Spying On a Homosexual Couple and Angry Pregnant Woman (P1)

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A superb gay shunga scene from Harunobu‘s ‘Elegant Horny Maneemon’ series. Maneemon (aka. ‘Imitation man’) is a character that appears in all twenty-four designs (two sets of twelve) of the series. He spies on intimate couples and sometimes emulates them in his own characteristically humorous and affecting way. The above panel features homosexual love (nanshoku) with a young boy […]

The 10 Most Expensive Artworks Ever (Who Is the Number One?)

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“There’s more money than good art”, as the German art dealer Hans Mayer once said. The value of good art has been on the rise for centuries. Since I have started to sell shunga I have seen a vast increase in price over the last 15 years and it’s not difficult to predict it will […]

Unique Anecdote and Picture of Willem de Kooning by Enfant Terrible Paul Blanca

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This unique picture of the famous painter Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) has an interesting background story that is told in the book ‘De Kunstkannibaal‘ by Peter Klashorst (1957). I have added an English translation of this excerpt below: “The well-known Dutch photographer Paul Blanca (1958) and me (ed. Peter Klashorst) were together in New York. […]

Collector’s Story Behind Kunisada Print of Couple Watching Erotic Scroll

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Amusing A while ago we sold the above print from Kunisada Four Seasons series to a German client who told me an amusing background story behind his purchase: “As a sculptor* I am fascinated by the Japanese Art and especially the shunga because of several reasons. First it’s thematically near to my own work (the different qualities of […]

Tomioka Eisen And His Two Solo Masturbating Women

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We have added a shunga piece to our collection from the well-known Meiji artist Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905) featuring a solo girl giving herself sexual pleasure while reading a book (Fig.1.). Act of Masturbation The print is a preface page of the concertina album Yakumo no chigiri (Poetic Interlude), a twelve-sheet, aiban formatted work dating to around 1897-1899. […]

Is this Really a Lost Sketchbook by Van Gogh? (P2)

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Last week (Part 1) we examined the arguments of art historian Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov (1940) who claims to have discovered 65 new drawings of Vincent Van Gogh that have been illustrated in her recently published book ‘The Lost Sketchbook of Arles‘.  In this article the reaction of the Van Gogh Museum who challenge her claims and […]

Is this Really a Lost Sketchbook by Van Gogh? (P1)

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Riot Around Cashbook with 65 Drawings A sketchbook with 65 newly discovered drawings, possibly drawn by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), has caused  a lot of commotion in the international art world. Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov, the author of the recently published book ‘Vincent van Gogh. The Lost Sketchbook of Arles‘, is convinced the drawings are authentic. But […]

Erotic Fantasies of Sensuous Nurses During the Sino-Japanese War

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The first Sino-Japanese war (1 August 1894 – 17 April 1895) introduced a new character of erotic fantasy to the stage: the nurse. This was a professional woman whose job it was to touch men, sometimes intimately. She also had access to, and sometimes power over the male body. Photographic Postcards Nurses were portrayed in frontispiece […]

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