Japanese Erotic Fantasies: Sexual Imagery of the Edo Period

Overview

This is the first modern study on Japanese erotic print art (so called shunga), illustrating a large selection of the best works mainly from private collections in Europe and the USA. The publication shows highlights from the oeuvre of Kitagawa Utamaro, Katsushika Hokusai, Suzuki Harunobu, Utagawa Kunisada, Utagawa Kuniyoshi and many others. It outlines the artistic developments from the early period to the end of the 19th century when Western themes began to appear in Japanese erotic art. Various essays written ...

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Overview

This is the first modern study on Japanese erotic print art (so called shunga), illustrating a large selection of the best works mainly from private collections in Europe and the USA. The publication shows highlights from the oeuvre of Kitagawa Utamaro, Katsushika Hokusai, Suzuki Harunobu, Utagawa Kunisada, Utagawa Kuniyoshi and many others. It outlines the artistic developments from the early period to the end of the 19th century when Western themes began to appear in Japanese erotic art. Various essays written by international experts describe this fascinating genre in its social, historical and artistic context, discussing themes like homosexuality, voyeurism, life in Edo’s brothels, techniques of composition etc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789074822664
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.03 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Christiaan Uhlenbeck has been a Japanese print dealer since 1982 and has curated exhibitions on Ukiyo-e, Shin-hanga and Japanese photography since the 1990s. His main interest is the commercial environment of Japanese printmaking, about which he initiated a conference in 2001. He has recently turned to the investigation of methodology in the study of Japanese prints.
Margarita Winkel, Ph.D (2004) currently teaches at the Centre for Japanese Studies, Leiden University, and is publisher of the academic series of the Research School of Asian, African and Amerindian Studies (CNWS) at the same institution.

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Table of Contents

Preface 6
Acknowledgements 7
Erotic fantasies of Japan : the world of shunga 11
Encountering Japanese erotic books 27
The representation of male-male sex in Japanese erotic books 31
The decorousness of the Yoshiwara - a rejection of shunga 35
Expectations and disappointments of Yoshiwara visitors 49
Sex and the floating world of popular literature 56
The early years of shunga production 64
The Kamigata line : developments in Kyoto and Osaka 76
Suzuki Harunobu and Isoda Koryusai; the transition to multi-colour printing 86
The late eighteenth century : Torii Kiyonaga, Katsukawa Shuncho and Kitagawa Utamaro 114
The nineteenth century : Katsushika Hokusai, Kikugawa Eizan, Keisai Eisen and the Utagawa school 148
A flier for the aphrodisiacal ointment Chomeigan 199
The Meiji era and beyond 216
Meiji shunga : the comic genius of Kawanabe Kyosai 218
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