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JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINTS FOR ADULTS ONLY

I neglected to point out a rarely seen collection of Japanese woodblock prints at the
 
SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART
 
LOVE IN THREE CAPITALS
 
Open until December 9, 2012
 
Curated by the Museum’s  John Johnston, Coates-Cowden-Brown Curator of Asian Art. 
These prints are a complete set of twelve prints that belong to the shunga genre of erotic art.  The prints were made over 300 years ago  and depict sexual encounters in the famous pleasure quarters of Kyoto, Osaka and Edo- present day Tokyo.  The museum wants you to know that due to the mature subject matter,  this exhibition is limited to an adult audience.
The prints are by Okumura Masanobu (1686-1764) who used thick black lines for his subjects. In addition to depicting openly sexual scenes he also was meticulous in showing interior furnishings and textiles worn by his figures.
It helps to remember that most shunga art was expressed in woodblock prints  and in the genre of ukiyo-e ( translated  as pictures  of a fleeting world – with fleeting interpreted as erotic as well as transitory  in a Buddhist sense). Many woodblock print artists produced shunga prints which in no way  detracted from their artistic standing.
Do not confuse this with pornography.
Cheers
Elisabeth
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