Understanding Shunga: A Guide to Japanese Erotic Art (Masterclass)

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This sumptous guide explains the cultural forces behind Shunga images and why the Japanese find them so erotic as well as revealing the influence of Shunga on great Western art movements such as Impressionism. Exquisitely and abundantly illustrated, this is the most comprehensively informative book ever to be written on the subject - truly a ""masterclass"".

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Majella Munro's explanation of the exotic world of Japanese sexuality is unprecedented in its scope. MASTERCLASS: UNDERSTANDING SHUNGA takes us from the neon-packaged fantasies of fast-paced Tokyo to the refined courtesan district of the city's samurai past. The authoritative text deals with a wide range of subject matter and is lavishly illustrated, creating an opulent investigation of Japanese sexual practices and customs. For the first time, shunga prints are examined as part of a culture of eroticism, starting with ancient eastern manuals of sexual instruction such as the Kama Sutra, and concluding with recent work by contemporary artists inspired by the vitality and charm of shunga prints.

Japanese shunga prints occupy a unique place in the history of art. They form a popular, frank, and aesthetically superlative erotic tradition. Until relatively recently, western moral standards concealed the delights of shunga prints from audiences outside Japan. MASTERCLASS SHUNGA cuts through myth and misunderstanding to present the essence of this art form, removing the mystery surrounding shunga without compromising any of its extraordinary mystique. MASTERCLASS SHUNGA is also an ideal reference book for would-be collectors. Many of the images, published here for the first time, have been supplied by leading dealers in the field.

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