Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art


Author: Timothy Clark

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780714124766

Category: Art

Page: 536

View: 8565

Discover Japanese art like no other. Originally created by the artists of the ukiyo-e school of the floating world to advertise brothels in 17th-century Yoshiwara, these popular spring pictures (shunga) transcended class and gender in Japan for almost 300 years. These tender, humorous and brightly coloured pieces celebrate sexual pleasure in all its forms, culminating in the beautiful, yet graphic, work of iconic artists Utamaro, Hokusai and Kunisada. This catalogue of a major international exhibition aims to answer some key questions about what shunga is and why was it produced. Erotic Japanese art was heavily suppressed in Japan from the 1870s onwards as part of a process of cultural modernisation that imported many contemporary western moral values. Only in the last twenty years or so has it been possible to publish unexpurgated examples in Japan and this ground-breaking publication presents this fascinating art in its historical and cultural context for the first time. Within Japan, shunga has continued to influence modern forms of art, including manga, anime and Japanese tattoo art. Drawing on the latest scholarship and featuring over 400 images of works from major public and private collections, this landmark book sheds new light on this unique art form within Japanese social and cultural history. Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese art is published to accompany an exhibition at the British Museum from October 2013 to January 2014.


Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art


Author: Timothy Clark,C. Andrew Gerstle,Aki Ishigami,Akiko Yano

Publisher: Hotei Pub

ISBN: 9789004263260

Category: Art

Page: 536

View: 4744

Drawing on the latest scholarship from the leading experts in the field and featuring over 400 images of works from major public and private collections, this landmark book looks at painted and printed erotic images produced in Japan during the Edo period (1600–1868) and early Meiji era (1868–1912).This title is only available through Hotei Publishing in the United States of America, Canada and the Philippines.

Japanese Erotic Art

The Hidden World of Shunga


Author: Ofer Shagan,Mark Halpern

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500291177

Category: Art

Page: 472

View: 7597

The definitive book on Japanese erotic art or shunga


Erotic Art in Japan


Author: Rosina Buckland

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781468306989

Category: Art

Page: 175

View: 2337

Showcases top-selected examples of Japanese erotic art created between 1600 and 1900 including pieces by Kitagawa Utamaro and Katsushika Hokusai, demonstrating how the form reflects multiple perspectives, fantasy scenarios, opulent materials and special printing effects.

Sex and the Floating World

Erotic Images in Japan 1700-1820 - Second Edition


Author: Timon Screech

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781861894328

Category: Art

Page: 320

View: 6243

During the Edo period in eighteenth-century Japan, erotic paintings and prints known today as shunga were popular among both men and women. Yet, prior to Tim Screech’s definitive study, Sex and the Floating World, no one had attempted to situate these overtly sexual images within the contexts of the sexual, gender, or class tensions of the time. Newly revised and expanded, this second edition of Sex and the Floating World examines how and why these images were made and used. Along the way, Screech illuminates a provocative world of sexual fantasy in Edo Japan. ‘With concern, proportion, wit and a bit of levity, the author of this authoritative and invaluable contribution to scholarship has given us the book for which we have long waited.”—Japan Times “Screech provides a fascinating and informative introduction to the social and sexual habits of pre-modern Japan, copiously illustrated and full of witty anecdotes as well as solid scholarly research. The ideal bedtime read?”—Insight Japan


The Essence of Japanese Pillow-Book Eroticism


Author: Bret Norton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789654941440

Category: Self-Help

Page: 144

View: 5961

Stories, terms and extracts of illustrated scrolls, known as pillow books, that reflect the atmosphere of Shunga or Japanese eroticism.

Masterclass: Understanding Shunga

A Guide to Japanese Erotic Art


Author: Majella Munro

Publisher: ER Books

ISBN: 1904989543

Category: Art

Page: 159

View: 6234

This sumptous guide explains the cultural forces behind Shunga images and why the Japanese find them so erotic. It also reveals the influence of Shunga on great Western art movements such as Impressionism. Exquisitely and abundantly illustrated, this is the most comprehensively informative book ever to be written on the subject - truly a 'masterclass'.

Modern Shunga


Author: Matthew Martin

Publisher: Blue Rider Press

ISBN: 1101982705

Category: Art

Page: 32

View: 5774

A hilarious, elegant and naughty send-up of Shunga, the once taboo art of Japanese erotica. In a series of 24 full-colour drawings, satirical cartoonist Matthew Martin, captures of the essence of Modern Shunga, and updates it with witty - and often unlikely - cultural and artistic references. Discreetly packaged in a postcard-sized fold-out accordion format, Modern Shunga is perfect gift for lovers of, well, high-class dirty pictures. Martin's Shunga works have been exhibited at a distinguished Sydney gallery to rave reviews and the development of a cult following.

Shunga + Bijinga = Erotica


Author: Bob Bentley

Publisher: Kahboom

ISBN: 9780957627550

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 176

View: 620

This book presents the Japanese art of Shunga and Bijinga from the mid 1700s to the mid 1950s. Shunga is Japanese for 'spring pictures' but means 'erotic art'. The translation of Bijinga is 'pictures of beautiful people' meaning women, commonly referred to as 'beauties'. There is a link between them, as both are sexual in nature, with many pictures being of courtesans, or women as subjects of desire. But there is a lot more to it than that! This is not an academic book but more a personal journey of discovery by an accidental collector of Japanese woodblock prints. Bob Bentley informs, entertains and hopefully inspires like-minded fellow travelers embarking on similar explorations. The illustrations show a fascinating culture which thrived in the period when Japan was isolated from the rest of the world up to a time when the style and beauty of its art eventually exploded into the Western imagination. Bob has acquired a number of rare and original prints, as well as the more affordable, including re-prints, some almost as wonderful. The book is based purely on his collection - with delicate prints reproduced in high quality - imperfections and all. Many are exquisite works of art. This is a demonstration of the art that many people can acquire - at one level or another. Although there may be several hand made prints available of the same image, no two are identical. In buying prudently, you will see how it is possible to enjoy originals of the greatest artists, alongside beautifully crafted reprints. Here is a real passion, expressed in clear language, demystifying a culture that has provided the world with some of the most glorious art that has ever been seen.


Stages of Desire


Author: Honolulu Museum of Art,Shawn Eichman,Stephen Salel,Stephen Jost

Publisher: Skira

ISBN: 9780847843794

Category: Art

Page: 312

View: 9054

A gorgeous presentation devoted to the art of Japanese eroticism, drawn from the Honolulu Museum of Art’s rare and distinguished collection. The Japanese paintings and prints called shunga (literally "spring pictures") reflected the thriving sexual culture of early modern Japan and depicted with sensitivity and nuance the private lives of various social types, from courtesans and Kabuki actors to ordinary townspeople. Organized around a series of exhibitions at the Honolulu Museum of Art, this sumptuous volume presents art from the museum’s vast holdings of ukiyo-e prints, woodblock-printed books, and paintings, particularly those originating from the collections of scholar Richard D. Lane and famed author James A. Michener. These fascinating works, dating from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries, explore Japan’s sexual culture (including issues of gender and the country’s ever-evolving sex industry) with humor as well as a surprisingly sophisticated literary and art-historical approach. Sure to become a collector’s item, this gorgeously designed publication offers stunning color plates showcasing numerous and unusual examples of exquisite Japanese erotica. Texts by leading scholars of shunga and ukiyo-e complete this treasure album of a book.

Japanese Erotic Prints

Shunga by Harunobu & Koryūsai


Author: Inge Klompmakers

Publisher: Hotei Publishing

ISBN: 9789074822374

Category: Art

Page: 160

View: 1875

This publication offers the reader a ravishing selection of erotic prints ("shunga") by the first full-color woodblock-print masters: Suzuki Harunobu (c. 1725-70) and Isoda Kory{sai (act. c. 1764-88). It is based on a private collection of prints of remarkable quality, their radiant colors perfectly preserved by the albums in which they were kept. The first volume in a popular series on erotic prints by famous Japanese woodblock-print artists, this book contains a detailed general introduction to the genre of "shunga." In addition to a description of the historical and cultural settings of the prints, it focuses in particular on the locations and interiors where the erotic action takes place.

Kitagawa Utamaro

Woodblock Prints from the British Museum


Author: Utamaro Kitagawa,Julian Opie,Timothy Clark,Julie Nelson Davis,British Museum,Ikon Gallery

Publisher: Ikon Gallery

ISBN: 9781904864660

Category: Color prints, Japanese

Page: 135

View: 1553

Exhibition held at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 22 Sept.-14 Nov. 2010.

Erotic Japonisme

The Influence of Japanese Sexual Imagery on Western Art


Author: Ricard Bru

Publisher: Hotei Pub

ISBN: 9789004258327

Category: Art

Page: 182

View: 5575

Erotic Japonism is the first monograph on the collecting practices of shunga (Japanese erotic prints) in Europe at the turn of the 19th century, most of all among the most renowned artists, and their use as a source of inspiration for them. The publication will take a new look at commonly held perceptions about history of art, revealing surprising dialogues among greatly talented artists such as Rodin, Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Beardsley, Sargent, Klimt, Utamaro, Hokusai or Kuniyoshi, as well as many others. -- Publisher.

Jokes and Targets


Author: Christie Davies

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253223024

Category: Psychology

Page: 314

View: 8306

Jokes and Targets takes up an appealing and entertaining topic—the social and historical origins of jokes about familiar targets such as rustics, Jewish spouses, used car salesmen, and dumb blondes. Christie Davies explains why political jokes flourished in the Soviet Union, why Europeans tell jokes about American lawyers but not about their own lawyers, and why sex jokes often refer to France rather than to other countries. One of the world's leading experts on the study of humor, Davies provides a wide-ranging and detailed study of the jokes that make up an important part of everyday conversation.


The Erotic Art of Japan


Author: Marco Fagioli

Publisher: Universe Pub

ISBN: 9780789302458

Category: Art

Page: 174

View: 7839

Shunga, or "images of spring," are erotic polychrome engravings painted by the masters of the Japanese Ukiyo-e school during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The shunga served as illustrations for love novels, instructive albums for young wives, and even lucky charms for warriors. This book is the first to present a special collection of rare, previously unpublished prints, enriched by texts that introduce the various periods and defining characteristics of the genre. Unabashed and exquisitely rendered, these images are a surprising accessible visual chronicle of erotic fine art.



Author: Timothy Clarke

Publisher: Royal Academy Books

ISBN: 9781905711406

Category: Art

Page: 340

View: 5862

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (17981861) is considered one of the greatest Japanese print artists. Alongside such illustrious names as Hokusai and Hiroshige, he dominated the nineteenth-century production of the popular genre of woodblock prints known as ukiyo-e, literally, pictures of the floating world. This beautiful book presents a selection of Kuniyoshis finest prints in exquisite reproductions. A leading authority on Japanese art, Timothy Clark explores the impressive range of Kuniyoshis subject-matter, from his portraits of Japanese warrior heroes and fashionable beauties, to his satirical themes and innovative landscape prints. Examples of Kuniyoshis original drawings highlight his unique approach to composition and provide a valuable insight into the creative process of this prolific and multi-talented artist.

Japan’s Sexual Gods

Shrines, Roles and Rituals of Procreation and Protection


Author: Stephen Turnbull

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004293787

Category: Religion

Page: 440

View: 7711

Japan’s Sexual Gods is an exciting original work about the deities represented by phalluses and female sexual objects in Japanese shrines. Their roles in procreation and protection, their rituals and festivals are described in detail along with unique location photographs.

Consuming Bodies

Sex and Contemporary Japanese Art


Author: Fran Lloyd

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781861891471

Category: Art

Page: 224

View: 8770

Consuming Bodies explores the themes of sex and consumerism in contemporary Japanese art and how they connect with the wider historical, social and political conditions in Japanese culture. Essays by writers, historians, curators and artists, plus diary extracts of a sex worker, engage with a range of artistic practices, including performance, digital media, painting, sculpture and installation. Together the contributors examine the contradictions and ambivalences embedded in the Japanese experience of modernity, and the effects of commodification on the individual and the nation state. Sex and consumerism in art are inextricably linked to issues of power, gender, class and race, and move beyond the gallery into private and public realms, where the complex relationships surrounding sexuality and commerce are directly encountered in both the fast-changing marketplace and in the dominant ideologies within Japanese society. With over 150 intriguing illustrations, Consuming Bodies provides a wide-ranging perspective on an under-researched area of contemporary Japanese art practice and the critical issues it uncovers.