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Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese Art

Glad to see the Shunga exhibition at the British Museum 18th of October 2013.


The term “Shunga” means “spring pictures”. The reference is to erotic art that flourished at a time when the population of Tokyo grew constantly, and contact with the western was forbidden.

One hundred and seventy works of erotic art from Japan presented at the British Museum from October 3rd  – 5 January 2014 , and the exhibition includes paintings, drawing and illustrations of books.  The artwork covers 300 years of Japanese art [ 1600-1900 ] , which was taboo during most of the 20th century.

It is a kind of art that were inspired subsequent works by Toulouse Lautrec , Rodin, Picasso and many others.

The pillow poem , Utamaro ,1788

The pillow poem , Utamaro ,1788

Most of the pictures celebrate sexual pleasure in all its forms  in brilliantly coloured paintings and prints, illustrations are shocking but tender, beautiful and humorous .


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