Shunga - Shunga is a Japanese term for erotic pictures. Some scholars believe that the first shunga were inspired by Chinese medical manuals. Shunga prints grew in popularity in the early 18th century and the production of shunga peaked in the golden age of the print period in the late 19th century. Many ukiyo-e artists did shunga in addition to their normal specialties. The works sold well and, often at higher prices than the normal genre. So, artists had an incentive to delve into the realm of shunga. Often of very high quality and with great sensitivity to the subject, the best artists produced shunga of remarkable beauty. Shunga were rarely signed as collectors in the field know. Some of the noted artists in the field were Moronobu, Hokusai, Shigenobu and the great Utamaro.
Series; Poetic Intercourse - A fantastic opportunity for a collector to own an original from Tomioka Eisen's "Poetic Intercourse" (Yakumo no Chigiri). This shunga series is an artfully illustrated mix of tender moments and graphic depictions of lovers in private. This series is undoubtedly Eisen's finest and most desirable shunga series.
Artist - Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)
Image Size - 12 1/4" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - In excellent condition overall. Please see photos for individual details. Good overall.
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