“The lovers are employed in the erotic position called "suckling" and their bodies occupy nearly the entire field of the composition.”
These prints are characterized by the enormous scale of the figures, their exceptionally bold placement on the page, and the contrast between the rounded nude forms and the terse crinkled lines of the garments.
Towards the end of the Meiji era, shunga underwent a new development. Artists involved in the illustration of modern Japanese novels, newspapers and other new graphic media - like picture postcards after 1900 - were attracted to erotica as a depiction not of the Yoshiwara, but as a representation of exotized 'Bohemian Parisian culture'. These artists designed a number of albums that have no relationship to the Yoshiwara, include no text within the images and resemble earlier shunga only in the use of the orihon format. (p.217 'Japanese Erotic Fantasies' by C. Uhlenbeck and M. Winkel)
A magnificent shunga print attributed to the talented Meiji artist Ikeda Terukata !
Antique Japanese color woodblock. Shunga (Erotic print).