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Poem of the Pillow and other stories

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Shunga, such as the famous Japanese erotic pillow books, also known euphemistically as ?spring images?, were vibrant, curious and explicit documents of sexual life, designed to inform, thrill and entertain. This book presents a comprehensive modern study on Japanese erotic art, illustrating a large selection of the best works from public as well as private collections from around the world.Far from being a separate genre, Shunga constitutes at least half of the output of all ukiyo-e art, and often the largest part of any given artist?s production. This continuity, once surprising, is now only recently beginning to be taken for granted, between the greatest masterpieces of ukiyo-e art, often acclaimed for their subtlety, elegance, refinement and novel composition, and the blatantly pornographic images produced by the same artists. The social and religious attitudes of pre-modern Europe both prevented the appreciation of Shunga prints. The cultural context of pre-modern Japan was markedly different to that of Europe, and allowed a vibrant, uninhibited and widely circulated genre of erotic imagery to develop. Edmond de Goncourt first started to collect Japanese art works including Shunga prints, and published the first monograph on a Japanese artist in 1891. De Goncourt?s interest in Utamaro gave sexualised prints particular importance, making them integral to the history of Japanese art and its reception in the Western world. Artists such as Edgar Degas, Vincent Van Gogh, Francis Bacon and Gauguin among many others were known for their love of Shunga prints and were influenced by the unusual framing and arbitrary colours of Japanese printing methods. Shunga notably came to the West during the Art Nouveau period when collecting Japanese prints became popular, and traces of Shunga styles and elements have visibly influenced this artistic period. The most famous and recognizable shunga work is Hokusai?s depiction of a young woman being ravished by an octopus in his album

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