Shunga : Stages of Desire
This handsome book devoted to the art of Japanese eroticism is drawn from the Honolulu Museum of Art's rare and distinguished collection. The Japanese paintings and prints called shunga (literally spring pictures) reflected the thriving sexual culture of early modern Japan and depicted with sensitivity and nuance the private lives of various social types, from courtesans and Kabuki actors to ordinary townspeople.
Organized around a series of exhibitions at the Honolulu Museum of Art, this sumptuous volume presents art from the museum's vast holdings of ukiyo-e prints, woodblock-printed books, and paintings, particularly those originating from the collections of scholar Richard D. Lane and famed author James A. Michener. These fascinating works, dating from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries, explore Japan's sexual culture (including issues of gender and the country's ever-evolving sex industry) with humour as well as a surprisingly sophisticated literary and art-historical approach.
- Authors: Shawn Eichman, curator of Asian art at Honolulu Museum of Art and Stephen Salel, Robert F. Lange Foundation Assistant Curator of Japanese Art at the Honolulu Museum of Art
- Hardcover: 312 pages | 300 colour and black and white illustrations
- Date published: October 2014
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0847843794
- Product Dimensions: 29.3 x 21.4 cm