1897 - Keishu - DELUXE Shunga - Ozakura Series
Authentic & original Meiji period, c.1897 Japanese erotic art shunga woodblock print picture by Takeuchi Keishu (1861-1942). Title of this deluxe shunga series: Ozakura (Cherry Blossom at Night). Publisher: Hakubunkan. About this shunga series: "The printing is exquisite, with a generous use of mica (metallic pigments) and bokashi (tonal gradation) to express the lovely quality of the kimono." Excerpt from shunga reference book, Japanese Erotic Fantasies by C. Uhlenbeck & Margarita Winkel, P.239. The picture depicted here also makes use of the deluxe printing technique urushi-e, which is a type of black lacquer used here to add sheen and lustre to the lovers' hair. Moreover, gauffrage is also present on the collar of the woman's kimono for added depth and texture. Measures 24 cm x 32.5 cm. Great colors and impressions! Good condition with some light wear, faint dye marking near bottom right of picture. No backing. Please refer to photos.
In this antique Japanese erotic art shunga scene a young man eagerly penetrates his female partner from behind and judging from her hands and body positioning, she doesn't seem entirely ready for his advances.
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