Shuncho Katsukawa, Shunga, Entwined Coloured Threads of Men and Women of the Day

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Artist: Shuncho Katsukawa (1726-1792)
Title: Entwined colored threads of men and women of the day
Date: c.1790
Size: 25 x 37.4 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Shunga (lit. 'springtime pictures') are graphic images, woodblock prints or ink paintings, picturing intimate, erotic activity. The images emphasise joyful facial expressions and feature excessive genitals of both male and female partners. Primarily, erotic pictures were used for viewing and sharing with close friends or partners as well as providing sexual education for young couples. Shunga depicted sexual pleasure or female sexuality as an important matter worth to be acknowledged and encouraged.

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Print Format Oban (Horizontal)
Artist Name Shuncho Katsukawa
Title Entwined coloured threads of men and women of the day
Subject Male & Female, Shunga Erotica
Dimensions 25 x 37.4 cm
Condition Report Vertical centrefold, light soiling, discolouration, crease marks, erased signature on bottom left.

Shuncho Katsukawa

Katsukawa Shuncho was a Japanese designer of ukiyo-e style Japanese woodblock prints, who was active from about 1783 to about 1795. Although a student of Katsukawa Shunsho, Shuncho's output, which consists mostly of prints of beautiful women and shunga, more closely resembles the work of Torii Kiyonaga.