Shunga + Bijinga = Erotica

Author: Bob Bentley
Publisher: Kahboom
ISBN: 9780957627550
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Page: 176
View: 6502
This book presents the Japanese art of Shunga and Bijinga from the mid 1700s to the mid 1950s. Shunga is Japanese for 'spring pictures' but means 'erotic art'. The translation of Bijinga is 'pictures of beautiful people' meaning women, commonly referred to as 'beauties'. There is a link between them, as both are sexual in nature, with many pictures being of courtesans, or women as subjects of desire. But there is a lot more to it than that! This is not an academic book but more a personal journey of discovery by an accidental collector of Japanese woodblock prints. Bob Bentley informs, entertains and hopefully inspires like-minded fellow travelers embarking on similar explorations. The illustrations show a fascinating culture which thrived in the period when Japan was isolated from the rest of the world up to a time when the style and beauty of its art eventually exploded into the Western imagination. Bob has acquired a number of rare and original prints, as well as the more affordable, including re-prints, some almost as wonderful. The book is based purely on his collection - with delicate prints reproduced in high quality - imperfections and all. Many are exquisite works of art. This is a demonstration of the art that many people can acquire - at one level or another. Although there may be several hand made prints available of the same image, no two are identical. In buying prudently, you will see how it is possible to enjoy originals of the greatest artists, alongside beautifully crafted reprints. Here is a real passion, expressed in clear language, demystifying a culture that has provided the world with some of the most glorious art that has ever been seen.

Strong Women, Beautiful Men

Japanese Portrait Prints from the Toledo Museum of Art
Author: Laura J. Mueller
Publisher: Hotei Pub
ISBN: 9789074822787
Category: Art
Page: 96
View: 8386
Strong Women, Beautiful Men celebrates the Toledo Museum of Art's extensive Japanese woodblock print collection, which is remarkable for its pristine condition. Thanks to gracious collaboration with print designer and publisher Hiroshi Yoshida, the Museum presented two important exhibitions in the 1930s of shin hanga, or modern Japanese prints. examples of most of these prints entered the collection, augmenting a smaller group of eighteenth-and nineteenth century works. Curator Carolyn M. Putney and scholar Laura J. Mueller selected fifty prints to examine the changing appearance of the human figure and the evolving approach to portraiture. the selection includes examples that range from black-and-white illustrated books buy Nishikawa Sukenobu in the early eighteenth century through to full-color portraits by the modern masters Hashiguchi Goyo and Natori Shunsen. Images of celebrities are spotlighted, including renowned courtesans and beautiful women (bijin-ga) and famous kabuki actors (yakusha-e). Artists, carvers, printers, and publishers inventively used caricature, parody, stylization, and physiognomy in order to create compelling images that appealed to an increasingly competitive market.


Author: Shizuto Masunaga
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783927359086
Page: 222
View: 4522

A History of Japan

Author: Conrad Totman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119022339
Category: History
Page: 720
View: 7103
This is an updated edition of Conrad Totman’s authoritativehistory of Japan from c.8000 BC to the present day. The first edition was widely praised for combiningsophistication and accessibility. Covers a wide range of subjects, including geology, climate,agriculture, government and politics, culture, literature, media,foreign relations, imperialism, and industrialism. Updated to include an epilogue on Japan today andtomorrow. Now includes more on women in history and more on internationalrelations. Bibliographical listings have been updated and enlarged.

Japanese Woodblock Prints

Artists, Publishers and Masterworks: 1680 - 1900
Author: Andreas Marks
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462905994
Category: Art
Page: 336
View: 4705
Japanese woodblock prints, or ukiyo-e, are the most recognizable Japanese art form. Their massive popularity has spread from Japan to be embraced by a worldwide audience. Covering the period from the beginning of the Japanese woodblock print in the 1680s until the year 1900, Japanese Woodblock Prints provides a detailed survey of all the famous ukiyo-e artists, along with over 500 full color prints. Unlike previous examinations of this art form, Japanese Woodblock Prints includes detailed histories of the publishers of woodblock prints—who were often the driving force determining which prints, and therefore which artists, would make it into mass circulation for a chance at critical and popular success. Invaluable as a guide for ukiyo-e enthusiasts looking for detailed information about their favorite Japanese woodblock print artists and prints, it is also an ideal introduction for newcomers to the world of the woodblock print. This lavishly illustrated book will be a valued addition to the libraries of scholars, as well as the general art enthusiast.

100 Beauties: Suzuki Harunobu

Author: Andrew Forbes, David Henley
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781300468615
Page: N.A
View: 394

Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons

Nature, Literature, and the Arts
Author: Haruo Shirane
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231526520
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 336
View: 3905
Elegant representations of nature and the four seasons populate a wide range of Japanese genres and media—from poetry and screen painting to tea ceremonies, flower arrangements, and annual observances. In Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons, Haruo Shirane shows how, when, and why this practice developed and explicates the richly encoded social, religious, and political meanings of this imagery. Refuting the belief that this tradition reflects Japan's agrarian origins and supposedly mild climate, Shirane traces the establishment of seasonal topics to the poetry composed by the urban nobility in the eighth century. After becoming highly codified and influencing visual arts in the tenth and eleventh centuries, the seasonal topics and their cultural associations evolved and spread to other genres, eventually settling in the popular culture of the early modern period. Contrasted with the elegant images of nature derived from court poetry was the agrarian view of nature based on rural life. The two landscapes began to intersect in the medieval period, creating a complex, layered web of competing associations. Shirane discusses a wide array of representations of nature and the four seasons in many genres, originating in both the urban and rural perspective: textual (poetry, chronicles, tales), cultivated (gardens, flower arrangement), material (kimonos, screens), performative (noh, festivals), and gastronomic (tea ceremony, food rituals). He reveals how this kind of "secondary nature," which flourished in Japan's urban architecture and gardens, fostered and idealized a sense of harmony with the natural world just at the moment it was disappearing. Illuminating the deeper meaning behind Japanese aesthetics and artifacts, Shirane clarifies the use of natural images and seasonal topics and the changes in their cultural associations and function across history, genre, and community over more than a millennium. In this fascinating book, the four seasons are revealed to be as much a cultural construction as a reflection of the physical world.

Pink Samurai

Love, Marriage & Sex in Contemporary Japan
Author: Nicholas Bornoff
Publisher: Pocket
ISBN: 9780671742669
Category: Social Science
Page: 512
View: 993
A probing look at Japanese sexuality, relationships, and love combines serious reporting and exhaustive research to offer a deeper understanding of the relations between the sexes in Japan


Geschichte, Konstruktionsanleitung und Erscheinungsformen in Umwelt und bildender Kunst
Author: Willy A. Bärtschi
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3322858677
Category: History
Page: 251
View: 3099

Japanese Images of Nature

Cultural Perspectives
Author: Pamela J. Asquith,Arne Kalland
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780700704453
Category: Philosophy
Page: 290
View: 309
It is often claimed that the Japanese have a particular love for nature, a love often reflected in their art and material culture. But today equal notice is being given to the environmental degradation caused by the Japanese at home as well as abroad. How can these phenomena be reconciled? This issue is but one of several raised that this volume seeks to address in its examination of the human-nature relationship in Japan. Through topics ranging from medieval literature and fine arts through to modern vending machines and tourism, the authors document the great diversity in how people perceive their natural environment and how they come to terms with nature, be it through brute force, rituals or idealization. The main message of the book is that 'nature' and the 'natural' are concepts very much conditioned by their context, an approach quite different from the uncompromising stance so often found in the West.

Japanese erotic fantasies

sexual imagery of the Edo period
Author: Chris Uhlenbeck,Margarita Winkel,Ellis Tinios,Cecilia Segawa Seigle,Amy Reigle Newland,Oikawa Shigeru
Publisher: Hotei Publishing
Category: Art
Page: 256
View: 5912
Much has been written on Japanese woodblock prints, book illustrations and paintings of the Edo period known as Ukiyo-e, but often neglected in any discussion of this rich artistic tradition is the genre of erotic imagery. Many celebrated Ukiyo-e artists such as Suzuki Harunobu (1725?-70), Isoda Koryusai (1735-90), Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815), Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806), Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Keisai Eisen (1790-1848) and Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865) created significant numbers of sexually explicit compositions that are today collectively referred to as shunga, or 'spring pictures'. As objects deemed injurious to public morals, shunga were banned by the Tokugawa government. Faced with the challenges of working in an illegal genre and the demand for shunga by a voracious public, shunga artists exhibited an innovativeness and creativity in their work that would be remarkable in any age.

Exploring Art , Global, Thematic Approach

Author: CTI Reviews
Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews
ISBN: 146728257X
Category: Education
Page: 284
View: 5767
Facts101 is your complete guide to Exploring Art , Global, Thematic Approach. In this book, you will learn topics such as as those in your book plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.

Der Hase mit den Bernsteinaugen

Das verborgene Erbe der Familie Ephrussi
Author: Edmund De Waal
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783552055889
Page: 406
View: 8836
Anhand kleiner japanischer Kunstfiguren, die in einer Bankiersfamilie in Paris, Wien und Tokyo von Generation zu Generation weitergegeben wurden, wird das Leben der jüdischen Oberschicht vom späten 19. Jahrhundert bis nach dem 2. Weltkrieg rekonstruiert.

Public Spectacles, Personal Pleasures

Four Centuries of Japanese Prints from a Cincinnati Collection
Author: Allen Hockley,Kristin L. Spangenberg,John T. Carpenter
Publisher: Mitchell Beazley
Category: Art
Page: 119
View: 7921

Japan Stil

Author: Gian Carlo Calza
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780714870571
Page: 303
View: 531

The other Side of Shibari

Author: Ropeworker Shibari
Publisher: BookRix
ISBN: 3743859815
Category: Fiction
Page: 23
View: 2299
Wir zeigen alternative Bondage am Oberkörper, die auch bei körperlichen Defiziten schmerzfrei gemacht werden können. Dies ist gerade bei Suspensions sehr wichtig, weil bei körperlicher Belastung der Schultern und Gelenke im Oberkörper extremer Druck auf bereits schmerzhaften Gelenken lastet und deswegen individuelle Anpassungen notwendig werden können.


ars amandi in Japan
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783803018090
Page: 174
View: 7872


Author: Edmond de Goncourt
Publisher: Parkstone International
ISBN: 178160990X
Category: Art
Page: 378
View: 9357
Katsushika Hokusai ist ohne Zweifel der seit der Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts im Westen berühmteste Künstler Japans. Die Werke Hokusais spiegeln die künstlerischen Ausdrucksformen einer isolierten Kultur wider. Gleichzeitig war er einer der ersten japanischen Künstler, der in Europa Bekanntheit erlangte und großen Einfluss auf impressionistische und postimpressionistische Maler wie etwa Vincent van Gogh ausübte. Hokusai galt schon zu seinen Lebzeiten als ein Meister der Kunst des Ukiyo-e. Er fasziniert uns noch heute mit der Vielfalt und Bedeutung seines in diesem Buch in seiner gesamten abwechslungsreichen Breite präsentierten, fast neunzig Jahre umfassenden Werkes.

Die Welt von Klimt, Schiele und Kokoschka

Sammler und Mäzene
Author: Tobias Günter Natter
Publisher: N.A
Category: Art
Page: 303
View: 3052