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A comprehensive and beautifully illustrated study of traditional Japanese erotic art.
Poem of the Pillow and Other Stories examines the artistic developments of Japanese erotic art from the ukiyo-e period, dating from the mid-seventeenth century to the end of the nineteenth century. Known by the delicate euphemism of Shunga or ‘spring images’, these pictures were hugely popular and admired, and are today highly collectable works of art.
This book illustrates major Shunga works from important ukiyo-e masters such as Utamaro, Hokusai, Harunobu, Kunisada, Kuniyoshi and many others. World-renowned scholar Gian Carlo Calza defines these fascinating erotic works in their social, historical and artistic context, providing a broad overview of a subject that is extremely nuanced and intriguing. Beautifully illustrated with over 300 images, including woodblock prints, scrolls and paintings, this book is a perfect introduction to ukiyo-e erotic art.Specifications:
"A testament to the beauty and historical appeal of Japanese erotic art [...] Like no other visual art, these pictures dramatise the psychological reality of intense sexual arousal." —The Times
"Sooner or later, someone was going to publish a high-end, no-holes-barred tome on Japanese Shunga. I’m glad it was Phaidon, they have a well-deserved reputation for producing beautiful books on art. And if you want to buy a beautiful book about beautiful books about elegant oriental sex, then this is the one. Even in these straightened times, thirty quid doesn’t seem like a lot for such a fabulous production... The design is immaculate and the choice of artists exemplary... Gian Carlo Calza’s extravagant production is delightful because it actually gives us the plates from the pillow books in their entirety, rather than as a selected group of images." —Erotic Review