pictures of spring

shunga (春画), translated literally as picture of spring, are the category of Japanese ukiyo-e prints dealing with the explicitly erotic. shunga were produced between the sixteenth century and the nineteenth century by the “floating world” painters (essentially all the painters of the period, including the masters, since shunga sold so well). Japanese shunga prints were bought for several reasons. One was certainly for the fun of viewing sexually stimulating erotic images. But they served also for the sexual education of young men and women. interesting. here are some links for your viewing pleasure: greg kucera gallery (via), princesstiara’s page, sumisho gallery, ukiyoe gallery, akantiek, degener, and things japanese. obviously nsfw.

posted by jmorrison on 09/27 | sights & sounds - art | (3) comments | send entry