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  • Victorian photography depicting striking lesbian lovemaking including 63 photographs
  • 23 rare kinbaku illustrations of women in distress by Shirou Kasama
  • the sensual art of comic book greats Frank Frazetta and Richard Corben with 100s of enticing pics
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  • the great influence of modern western erotic masters like George Grosz and Fernando Botero
  • 73 images of the leading erotic art by the Russian children's book illustrator Rojan
  • the legendary Italian comic illustrator Milo Manara
  • 156 of the most degrading bondage fantasies of Erich von Gotha
  • 84 examples of the erotic impressionism of the Australian illustrator Ashley Wood
  • the best Lowbrow sensuality of Todd Schorr
  • classical shunga art including rare erotic ghost paintings by Kuniyoshi
  • shunga with crazy lovemaking of barbaric foreigners and striking gay encounters
  • voyeuristic images of peeing and masturbating females in the Edo era
  • 33 explicit examples of busty sensuality in Michael Dowson's photography 
  • fascinating portraits of rare Japanese bondage artists like Maeda Juan and Katou Kahoru 
  • 97 surreal erotic fantasies by the German artist Michael Hutter
  • the bestiality of the French comics artist Georges Pichard
  • 48 amusing Russian and French postcards with erotic nods to the recipient
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  • 44 erotic posters of the Italian illustrator Alessandro Biffignandi
  • the enigmatic black and white sensuality of Apollonia Saintclair (129 Pics)
  • 59 mesmerizing bondage pin-ups of Hajime Sorayama
  • a rare portrait of the obscure Norwegian artist Sverre Bjorn Nielsen
  • 19th century photography portraying sadomasochism
  • a profound study of the subversive masterpiece Appetite for Destruction by Lowbrow art legend Robert Williams
  • 47 sexy pulp covers of the Mexican illustrator Rafael Gallur
  • 50 erotically charged images of Balthus's pubescent girls 
  • 66 seductive aviation pin-ups of Romain Hugault
  • 26 kinky pin-ups from Bambi Fontaine's pornographic art
  • a complete overview of Kunisada's first Genji masterpiece
  • the finest examples of ancient Chinese erotic paintings
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  • several ancient Chinese deflowering secrets
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  • extensive analyses of the best Pinku eiga films
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  • Namio Harukawa's 187 mistresses suffocating their scrawny male slaves
  • 51 tantalizing enema watercolors of Julie Delcourt
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"I suppose I’m one of the earlier subscribers to Shunga Premium; I don’t regret it. For the cost of one or a couple of coffees a month, this site presents me, on a three-times-per-week basis, a cornucopia of artists who push boundaries in their representations of the human figure. The site features creators who shamelessly address raw and obscure desires within the depths of the human psyche. I wouldn’t term their work pornographic, as it has aesthetic merit; it's simply obscene....


Premium is well researched and provides me access to a multitude of artists that I’ve never came across in my own studies. Entries are also referenced, which makes it easier for anyone who wishes to go beyond the contents of the site.


Premium requires time and commitment from those persons who are behind it. I thank them for such a service, and wish them the best of luck with their project.

EBook Playful Lesbian Girls As Portrayed in Classical Chinese Erotic Art

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Playful Lesbian Girls As Portrayed in Classical Chinese Erotic Art

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  • Detailed descriptions of the paintings in the book
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    • His most famous series
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The Anatomy of Hokusai’s Rarest Shunga Series

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    Why is The Horny God of Izumo Hokusai's rarest series?
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The 25 Most Important Classical Shunga Artists (Vol. 1)

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    • The most influential artists within the shunga genre from Moronobu to Masanobu
    • Who was the first known shunga master. And who his pupil was.
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    • Which artist was the first one to portray exaggerated genitalia
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The 25 Most Important Classical Shunga Artists (Vol. 2)

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    • The most influential artists within the shunga genre from Moronobu to Masanobu
    • Who was the first known shunga master. And who his pupil was.
    • What the similarity was between Sugimura Jihei and Johannes Vermeer
    • Which artist was the first one to portray exaggerated genitalia
    • Who was the greatest ukiyo-e artist from the Kyoto area
    • Which artist was the biggest bon-vivant and married two prosititutes
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The Sensual Metaphors in the Yoshiwara Pleasure Quarter

    What's inside (35 pages - Normal price € 3,47)

    • More about Eisen's fascinating motives behind the books while enjoying the visual mastery of this ukiyo-e icon at the same time ... !!
    • All the 27 exciting illustrations displayed in Eisen's book series 'Konote-gashiwa (Child's Hands Oak)' including detailed descriptions
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EBook Takato Yamamoto Easternized Europe and The Country of the Rising Moon

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Takato Yamamoto - Easternized Europe and The Country of the Rising Moon

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    What's inside (49 pages)
      • 35 mesmerizing illustrations of Takato Yamamoto's art and the art that inspired him
      • horrifying themes including severed heads, rokurokubi, and other demons
      • Yamamoto's striking relation to Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley
      • his special connection with shunga art and its masters
      • the most striking revelation about the artist's work
      • the homosexual references in his painting Saint Sebastian
      • Yamamoto's fascination with Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland
      • and much more... 
EBook The Secret Gay Art in Ancient Japan and China

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The Secret Gay Art in Ancient Japan and China

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    What's inside (113 pages)
      • The most comprehensive study on this specific subject ever published
      • 46 rare enticing illustrations of homosexual rendezvous as portrayed in shunga
      • 23 unique illustrations of gay encounters in classical Chinese paintings
      • Including many unique images not seen anywhere else
      • The origins and development of homoerotic shunga
      • Many new insights on both Japanese and Chinese gay erotica  
      • Detailed descriptions on dozens of prints and paintings
      • Differences between Japanese and Chinese views on the depiction of gay sex 
      • Gay fantasies as designed by Utamaro, Hokusai, Keisai Eisen, and many others
      • Gay parodies on the tales of Osome, Oshichi and Heike
      • A gay cyborg, hermaphrodites, horny monks, submissive actors
      • Striking examples of modern gay shunga
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My first foray into university was in the visual arts. I gave it up for other pursuits and later lived in Japan for ten years. It was there that I discovered hanga, Japanese wood block prints and then shunga, their hidden face. Since that time, I have pursued erotic art in all of its forms.


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Sexual activity, on which, at least for the time being, the preservation of the species relies to avoid extinction, is necessary, and the source of both joy and misery. We all know that. Sexual activity can be spoken of, described and depicted in many ways. Pornography is one aspect of it, and some people argue that there is a difference between porn and erotic art; others, that it's indeed a thin line that separates both; and yet others argue that eveything showing nudity is pornography --- sexual acts being present or not! --- it's all the same. There will never be consensus, and that's why spaces like the Shunga Gallery are so important.


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If you either think and agree that "Sex and art are the same thing" (Picasso) and/or that "All art is erotic" (Klimt) I'de add that not all graphic representations of nude bodies or sexual activity can be considered considered art, or even erotic; but the Shunga Gallery offers you a space to explore this subject and discuss it, free from censorship! If nothing else, this alone makes it a place to stop by on the internet, a project worth supporting and being thankful for."

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If anyone is at all temped by joining the premium service, I would highly recommend it. It is always a pleasure when the email newsletters arrive in my inbox. Despite hours of surfing erotic art sites, I am always learning about new and fascinating artists. When I learned that there would be a premium service, there was never any doubt that I'd sign up. Anyone with an interest in Shunga art needs to join."

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For many years, as a long-time collector of Japanese prints, I had only a passing interest in shunga. However, since joining Premium, I have become much more aware of the importance and beauty of this genre. Every week, Premium gives me access to many new, well-researched, and richly illustrated articles that showcase particular prints and artists in compelling ways. Most articles include numerous cross-cultural references, for example, that help place works of erotic art in global aesthetic and historical perspective. These articles also highlight the humor or subtle social commentary that may underlie more obvious sexual content. In my opinion, Premium’s low monthly price, accessibility, informational content, and full-color illustrations make it preferable over many books on the topic. I would encourage anyone with an interest in Japanese prints, erotic art generally, or even cultural anthropology and psychology, to become a member of Premium.

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Shunga Gallery’s premium site offers a quickly and steadily growing collection of articles across erotic art genres, rooted in classical Japanese shunga but with branches stretching as far as contemporary Western and Japanese art photography, pulp novel covers and comic books. The site doesn’t shy away from any part of the broad range of sexual expression and fantasy that art has depicted.


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I suppose I’m one of the earlier subscribers to Shunga Premium; I don’t regret it. For the cost of one or a couple of coffees a month, this site presents me, on a three-times-per-week basis, a cornucopia of artists who push boundaries in their representations of the human figure. The site features creators who shamelessly address raw and obscure desires within the depths of the human psyche. I wouldn’t term their work pornographic, as it has aesthetic merit; it's simply obscene....

Premium is well researched and provides me access to a multitude of artists that I’ve never came across in my own studies. Entries are also referenced, which makes it easier for anyone who wishes to go beyond the contents of the site.

Premium requires time and commitment from those persons who are behind it. I thank them for such a service, and wish them the best of luck with their project.

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Hokusai writes to his solitary mistress

Our bed is a book

Come love, let us write letters

Let the ink follow the C of your hip

Stroke in one quick gesture the W of your breasts

Tongue X on your neck, brow, ear and lips

Pause. Enter the Y of your legs, trace a question

Never tragic when you raise your hips

Explain how you knot a special carved tortoise shell to your ankle

Push past your labia lips shaped like puckering goldfish

Stain the dark wide tip

Catch urgent rhythm of my polished sentences

Follow your body's answers

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