Re: Unknown Shunga

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Posted by Noel Chiappa ( on January 06, 2014 at 20:59:20:

In Reply to: Re: Unknown Shunga posted by Norman on January 04, 2014 at 17:38:37:

"i found two in fact"

I think the two you found are from a different printing, because (at least on the Kunst-Vogel image, the other is too small to say much) it rather does look as if that image is from a single block, not the two separate pages of yours.

It's slightly odd, though, because across most of the block they appear completely identical, but the sweeping water lines, near the diving woman's foot, along the 'spine' of your image, are quite different in that region. Were it not for those differences, I'd have guessed that Kunst-Vogel has taken two pages image and 'glued' them together electronically to form a single image.

As to the other two (Kunisada II, etc), you can't tell much (anything) from that; ukiyo-e artists were copying each other all the time. (Kunisada did a whole series which were total copies of Hiroshige's 'Hoeido Tokaido', except that he added a bijin in the foreground.)


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