The Powerful Sensuality as Depicted in The Adonis Plant
Marijn Kruijff
07/21/2018
4 min
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The Powerful Sensuality as Depicted in The Adonis Plant

07/21/2018
4 min
0

This is plate 2 from Hokusai‘s monumental ‘The Adonis Plant (Fukujuso)‘ series (c.1810s) and features a straightforward shunga image of two passionate young lovers effecting an encounter only with the greatest difficulty. This, because the girl is a popular geisha, not a freelancer.

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Fig.1. ‘Young geisha and lover‘ (late c.1810s) from the series ‘The Adonis Plant (Hokusai Prints From the Monumental Hokusai Prints From the Monumental Hokusai Prints From the Monumental Hokusai Prints From the Monumental Hokusai Prints From the Monumental Hokusai Prints From the Monumental Hokusai Prints From the Monumental Hokusai Prints From the Monumental Hokusai Prints From the Monumental Hokusai Prints From the Monumental Hokusai Prints From the Monumental Hokusai Prints From the Monumental Hokusai Prints From the Monumental Fukujuso Series" data-excerpt="Hokusai produced around nineteen major shunga books and sets of erotic prints, that were issued in the period between 1803 and around 1823 when he was in his mid-to late forties and his early sixties. 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Powerful .." data-featured-image="https://media-01.imu.nl/storage/shungagallery.com/2236/wp/s-l160039094517.jpg" class="smart-content-link sc-link" href="https://shungagallery.com/hokusai-prints/">Fukujuso Series" data-excerpt="Hokusai produced around nineteen major shunga books and sets of erotic prints, that were issued in the period between 1803 and around 1823 when he was in his mid-to late forties and his early sixties. Powerful .." data-featured-image="https://media-01.imu.nl/storage/shungagallery.com/2236/wp/s-l160039094517.jpg" class="smart-content-link sc-link" href="https://shungagallery.com/hokusai-prints/">Fukujuso Series" data-excerpt="Hokusai produced around nineteen major shunga books and sets of erotic prints, that were issued in the period between 1803 and around 1823 when he was in his mid-to late forties and his early sixties. Powerful .." data-featured-image="https://media-01.imu.nl/storage/shungagallery.com/2236/wp/s-l160039094517.jpg" class="smart-content-link sc-link" href="https://shungagallery.com/hokusai-prints/">Fukujuso Series" data-excerpt="Hokusai produced around nineteen major shunga books and sets of erotic prints, that were issued in the period between 1803 and around 1823 when he was in his mid-to late forties and his early sixties. Powerful .." data-featured-image="https://media-01.imu.nl/storage/shungagallery.com/2236/wp/s-l160039094517.jpg" class="smart-content-link sc-link" href="https://shungagallery.com/hokusai-prints/">Fukujuso Series" data-excerpt="Hokusai produced around nineteen major shunga books and sets of erotic prints, that were issued in the period between 1803 and around 1823 when he was in his mid-to late forties and his early sixties. Powerful .." data-featured-image="https://media-01.imu.nl/storage/shungagallery.com/2236/wp/s-l160039094517.jpg" class="smart-content-link sc-link" href="https://shungagallery.com/hokusai-prints/">Fukujuso Series" data-excerpt="Hokusai produced around nineteen major shunga books and sets of erotic prints, that were issued in the period between 1803 and around 1823 when he was in his mid-to late forties and his early sixties. Powerful .." data-featured-image="https://media-01.imu.nl/storage/shungagallery.com/2236/wp/s-l160039094517.jpg" class="smart-content-link sc-link" href="https://shungagallery.com/hokusai-prints/">Fukujuso Series" data-excerpt="Hokusai produced around nineteen major shunga books and sets of erotic prints, that were issued in the period between 1803 and around 1823 when he was in his mid-to late forties and his early sixties. Powerful .." data-featured-image="https://media-01.imu.nl/storage/shungagallery.com/2236/wp/s-l160039094517.jpg" class="smart-content-link sc-link" href="https://shungagallery.com/hokusai-prints/">Fukujuso Series" data-excerpt="Hokusai produced around nineteen major shunga books and sets of erotic prints, that were issued in the period between 1803 and around 1823 when he was in his mid-to late forties and his early sixties. Powerful .." data-featured-image="https://media-01.imu.nl/storage/shungagallery.com/2236/wp/s-l160039094517.jpg" class="smart-content-link sc-link" href="https://shungagallery.com/hokusai-prints/">Fukujuso Series" data-excerpt="Hokusai produced around nineteen major shunga books and sets of erotic prints, that were issued in the period between 1803 and around 1823 when he was in his mid-to late forties and his early sixties. Powerful .." data-featured-image="https://media-01.imu.nl/storage/shungagallery.com/2236/wp/s-l160039094517.jpg" class="smart-content-link sc-link" href="https://shungagallery.com/hokusai-prints/">Fukujuso Series" data-excerpt="Hokusai produced around nineteen major shunga books and sets of erotic prints, that were issued in the period between 1803 and around 1823 when he was in his mid-to late forties and his early sixties. Powerful .." data-featured-image="https://media-01.imu.nl/storage/shungagallery.com/2236/wp/s-l160039094517.jpg" class="smart-content-link sc-link" href="https://shungagallery.com/hokusai-prints/">Fukujuso Series" data-excerpt="Hokusai produced around nineteen major shunga books and sets of erotic prints, that were issued in the period between 1803 and around 1823 when he was in his mid-to late forties and his early sixties. Powerful .." data-featured-image="https://media-01.imu.nl/storage/shungagallery.com/2236/wp/s-l160039094517.jpg" class="smart-content-link sc-link" href="https://shungagallery.com/hokusai-prints/">Fukujuso)

Powerful

The couple are completely united, their body and soul, and the whole area of the image is suffused with their presence. The “nervous line” of Hokusai’s kimono depiction rises to its peak just at this period, and this is surely one of the most powerful prints in the set.

Less Tight

It reminds us, indeed, of a similar scene in Hokusai’s major picture-book of a slightly later period Manpuku wagojin, that features, however, a less dramatic, less “tight” composition (Fig.3.)

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Fig.2. Meiji painting inspired on Hokusai’s design

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Fig.3. Meiji impression (c.1900)

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Fig.4. ‘Tight embrace‘ (c.1821) from the series ‘Manpuku wagojin (Gods of Intercourse)

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