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Shunga: Erotic Art in Japan [Hardcover]

Rosina Buckland
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8 Nov 2010
Over the course of the Edo period (16001868), an extraordinarily large quantity of paintings, prints and illustrated books with sexual and erotic themes was produced in Japan. As urban culture expanded rapidly during the seventeenth century, erotic material was a major genre of woodblock print production. These constitute some of the finest examples of art-printing in Japan, employing deluxe materials and special printing effects. This book looks at pictures by some of the most renown artists, such as Kitagawa Utamaro and Katsushika Hokusai, who produced erotic imagery as a standard part of their work. When creating erotica, artists often played on sexual situations in everyday life: a wife catches her husband having sex with a maid, mice start copulating in imitation of humans. Erotic encounters in Edo-period woodblock prints reflect multiple perspectives male, female, heterosexual and homosexual. Japanese erotic art is also notable for its tone of humour, much more so than in Western representations of sex. There was also frequent recourse to satire and parody, often in defiance of contemporary censorship and sumptuary regulations.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: British Museum Press (8 Nov 2010)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 071412463X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714124636
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 25.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Shunga] looks at pictures by some of the Japan's most renowned artists, such as Kitagawa, Utamaro and Katshushika Hokusai ... displaying some of the finest examples of art printing in Japan --Asian Art Newspaper Books Review 2010, December 2010

About the Author

Rosina Buckland is a junior curator working with the collections of Japanese art in the British Museum. Her primary interests are the art and culture of the late Edo period (1615-1868) and early Meiji era (1868-1912), with a focus on paintings and prints. She was a contributing author to A Japanese Menagerie: Animal Pictures by Kawanabe Kyosai (British Museum Press 2006).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Really worth it, recomended 19 Dec 2013
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Very good edition, well printed with interesting texting. The collection of japanese art that is exposed now again) belongs to Tate so every now and then they prepare interesting exhibitions. From that aspect, it worths buying an older catalogue, as this one in 1/4 of the "updated" 2013 catalogue.
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This is one of the best two of my shunga books. As someone who reads Japanese I have access to collections in Japanese, but English ones are often better, especially when the printing is as good as this one.
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