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Presented here are woodblock prints categorized as shunga. Use the prints tab in the toolbar above to navigate to all artists and other genres or visit recent print additions to see all newly added prints.

Suzuki Harunobu, ca. 1724-70
Elegant Erotic Mane'emon: 8, Blind Shamisen Player at Ikaho in Kozuke
(Furyu enshoku mane'emon)
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Torii Kiyonaga, 1752-1815
Twelve Modern Reflections of Love: Maiden
(Imayo juni kagami: kimusume)
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Keisai Eisen, 1790-1848
Grass on the Way of Love- Ueno Teahouse Waitress
(Koi no michikusa: Ueno kai eri ni yoru chaya musume)
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Keisai Eisen, 1790-1848
Grass on the Way of Love: Geisha on the Sumida River
(Koi no michikusa: Sumidagawa yoseru no geisha)
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Erotic Japanese prints and paintings are known as makura-e (lit. 'pillow pictures'), warai-e (lit. 'laughter pictures'), or most commonly, shunga (lit. 'spring pictures'). The term shunga has become so universal it is often (incorrectly) used to refer to any type of Japanese art, not just pictorial, of an erotic nature. Shunga is one of the main subjects depicted in ukiyo-e, and virtually all of the major artists and publishers produced erotic materials. While shunga frequently took the pleasure quarters for their settings, they were by no means limited to depictions of courtesans and prostitutes, many frequently portray normal everyday people engaging in familiar physical encounters and indiscretions that would resonate, stimulate, and very often, humor the viewer.

Keisai Eisen

Tomioka Eisen

Kikugawa Eizan

Suzuki Harunobu

Katsushika Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusu

Torii Kiyonaga

Isoda Koryusai

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)

Utagawa Kunisada II

Yanagawa Shigenobu

Katsukawa Shuncho

Utagawa School Shunga

Attrib. to Kitagawa Utamaro

Kitagawa Utamaro

kikumon

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