Courtesans also form the subject of many shunga. The Japanese influences of shunga date back to the Heian period to Click here to browse the Art History Archive. This new form served many of the same purposes as prints and thus dramatically reduced the print audience, but it did not satisfy the needs of connoisseurs. During the dinner, where we were treated to a three-course meal, including oshi sushi, grilled aubergine and veal katsu, Malone gave us a breakdown of what Japan was like during the 18th century.
In Japanese culture playful approach to sex is in central focus.
Pornography or erotic art? Japanese museum aims to confront shunga taboo
Even after many shunga prints were produced using older methods. Click here to browse the Lilith eZine. The quality of shunga art varies, and few ukiyo-e painters remained aloof from the genre. Unfortunately not much survives as a result of Mao Zedong's revisionist destruction of pre-communist art during his Great Leap Forward. Explanations for this include increased visibility of the sexually explicit content, artistic interest and psychological impact: