A fine selection of erotic pictures from the 18th, 19th and early 20th century from Japan.
"Shunga" is the traditional Japanese term for erotic paintings and prints. They are also called makura-e, "pillow pictures" (presumably the original term) or higa, "secret pictures".
In our small collection you will find single sheet pictures and illustrated books (Ehon).
All offered pictures are guaranteed to be the original paintings or prints, published at or about (c.) the date given.
Books about spring pictures - shunga:
Tom and Mary Anne Evans, Shunga. The Art of Love in Japan. Paddington Press, (N.Y.) 1975 Marco Fagioli, Shunga. Ars amandi in Japan. Wasmuth, Tübingen/Berlin, 1998 Hélène Bayou et al., Images du Monde flottant. Peintures et estampes japonaises XVIIe-XVIIIe siècles. Edition de la Réunion des musées nationaux, Paris, 2004