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Wonderful Catalogue  –  Shunga  sex and pleasure in Japanese art.


Issued By The British Museum.



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Title: Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art. Hardcover with dustjacket. 560 pages. English language. 
1st edition (October 8, 2013). Author/editors: Timothy Clark. C. Andrew Gerstle, Aki Ihigami, Akiko Yano. 
Dimensions: 11 1/2” x 9 4/5” x 1 1/2” inches. Weight: 6 4/5 pounds. Publisher: Brill/ Hotei Publishing. 
The catalogue includes some magnificent long fold-out images ! 

ISBN-10: 9004263268. ISBN-13: 978-90044263260.



Uncover Japanese art like no other. Initially established by the artisans of the ukiyo-e school of the floating world to promote red-light districts in the Yoshiwara of the 17th-Century, these well-known spring pictures (shunga) surpassed class and gender in Japan for nearly three centuries. These delicate, comical and vividly colored pieces honor sexual pleasure in all its shapes, culminating in the alluring, still explicit, work of iconic artists such as Utamaro, Hokusai and Kunisada. This catalogue of a large global exhibition aspires to answer some fundamental questions about what shunga is and why it was created. Erotic Japanese art was massively censored in Japan from the 1870s onwards as part of a development of cultural modernization that imported many modern western ethical values. In the last twenty years or so has it been possible to publish complete examples in Japan and this pioneering publication presents this spellbinding art in its historical and cultural context for the first time. Within Japan, shunga has continued to influence modern forms of art, including manga, anime and Japanese tattoo art. Drawing on the latest expertise and featuring more than 400 images of works from large public and private collections, this landmark book sheds new light on this unique art form within Japanese social and cultural history. Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art is issued to accompany an exhibition at the British Museum from October 2013 to January 2014.



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Rare OOP Book  –  DREAMS OF SPRING  –  Erotic Art In China


From The Bertholet Collection.



Rare OOP Book – DREAMS OF SPRING – Erotic Art In China – From The Bertholet Collection.

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At its best, Chinese erotic art is a search for beauty in all its manifestations, for not only does it offer stimulation, it provides a source of great aesthetic pleasure. It never presents sex in a crude or pornographical way, but within a framework of beauty and harmony, enhanced with details of a profound or symbolic nature. Dreams of Spring presents for the first time the treasures of the Bertholet Collection, one of the world's most important surviving collections of Chinese erotic art. Many of the pictures reproduced are unique in their style and content, and have never been published before.



Title: Dreams Of Spring, Erotic Art In China – From The Bertholet Collection. Hardcover with dustjacket. 208 pages.
English language. 1st edition (October 1997), 2nd edition (1998). Author and owner of the collection presented in the book: Ferdinand M. Bertholet. Dimensions: 12” x 11 1/3” x 1 1/10” inches.
Weight: 4 2/5 pounds. 
Publisher: The Pepin Press (Amsterdam). 

ISBN-10: 9054960396. ISBN-13: 978-9054960393.



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Wonderful Shunga Catalogue  " Japanese Erotic Fantasies "



Rare OOP Book – DREAMS OF SPRING – Erotic Art In China – From The Bertholet Collection.

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Rare Out of Print Book

' Beauty & Violence -Japanese Prints by Yoshitoshi '

'Beauty & Violence -Japanese Prints by Yoshitoshi'

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Rare important reference book "Beauty & Violence - Japanese Prints by Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)" 
by Eric van den Ing and Robert Schaap.  Date: 1992 (Out of print!)  First edition.  Fine condition. 
Size: 11 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches (28,5 x 28,5 cm). 168 pgs. Softcover. Published by Society for Japanese Arts. 
This book accompanied exhibitions in the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, the Kunstmuseum Dόsseldorf and 
the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1992.

The book examines more than 200 prints (of which 73 in color and 134 in b/w), each described and discussed in detail !
In a in-depth introduction (' Violence and Serenity' ) scholar John Stevenson discusses the historical importance of Yoshitoshi's work ! 

One of the most important reference books on Yoshitoshi !


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