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.
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.
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site last updated
January 19, 2021
Scholten Japanese Art
145 West 58th Street, suite 6D
New York, New York 10019
ph: (212) 585-0474
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