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Shunga Painting of An Intimate Couple In the Rice Field

Shunga Painting of An Intimate Couple In the Rice Field

The following shunga painting is from a set that portray scenes placed in a dreamlike setting that is surrounded by gold-colored clouds. The gifted artist who produced these exclusive paintings was inspired by the early 19th Century masters Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) and Keisai Eisen (1790-1848).

Fig.1.

Harvested Rice

A detailed erotic painting (Fig.1.) that features a farmer and a female colleague in the open air. In the background lay bundles of recently harvested rice drying in the sun.

Couple in Snow

The extraordinary artist Keisai Eisen (1790-1848) produced an identical image (Fig.2.) called ‘Snows of Sano (Sano no yuki)’. That  design is from the series ‘A Light Spring Snow (Haru no usuyuki)’ which was issued in 1822 and features a couple in the snow.

Keisai Eisen - Couple making love in snowy landscape - shunga

Fig.2. ‘Couple in a snowy landscape‘ (c.1822) from the series ‘Light Spring Snow ‘ by Keisai Eisen

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