Hanging Scroll Ukiyo-e Shunga Japanese erotic art Utamaro
Utamaro's limited Negaino Itoguchi shunga collection is finally in our store! Shunga is a Japanese term for erotic art. Most shunga are a type of ukiyo-e, usually executed in woodblock print format. It is a sophisticated work of art belonging to a genre known as ‘shunga’, or erotic ‘spring pictures’, which thrived in Japan between about 1600 and 1900 and banned in Japan for much of the 20th century. These explicit and beautifully detailed erotic paintings, prints and books inspired Toulouse-Lautrec, Beardsley, Rodin and Picasso.
These art have been banned for much of the 20th century so Japanese society continues to struggle with prejudices against shunga. The works were usually described as shameless and blatant sexual representations. Historically shunga was worshipped as part of Feng Sui belief since Heian era. Before Edo era the art was very expensive and only available for wealthy families. However it became very popular for all citizens in Edo era and even after it was banned by Kyouhou Reforms; economic reforms introduced in 1736, it was being produced under market.
The British museum in London ran an exhibition, Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art, collating more than 150 works of shunga including works by Japanese masters Kitagawa Utamaro (died 1806) and Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), in 2013 and 2014. The exhibition follows the trajectory of and meaning behind shunga while emphasizing its integral role in Japanese art history. Shunga got well known world wide especially since then. Based on the demands professional craftsmen carefully printed these products based on the original art and they look as beautiful as original.
Actual product is not masked as shown in the picture.
Dimension: 17.51 " x 35.43 "
Weight: 2.2 lb