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Erotic Japanese prints and paintings are known as makura-e (lit. 'pillow pictures'), warai-e (lit. 'laughter pictures'), or most commonly, shunga (lit. 'spring pictures'). The term shunga has become so universal it is often (incorrectly) used to refer to any type of Japanese art, not just pictorial, of an erotic nature. Shunga is one of the main subjects depicted in ukiyo-e, and virtually all of the major artists and publishers produced erotic materials. While shunga frequently took the pleasure quarters for their settings, they were by no means limited to depictions of courtesans and prostitutes, many frequently portray normal everyday people engaging in familiar physical encounters and indiscretions that would resonate, stimulate, and very often, humor the viewer.

Keisai Eisen
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Tomioka Eisen
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Kikugawa Eizan
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Suzuki Harunobu
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Katsushika Hokusai
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Katsushika Hokusu
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Torii Kiyonaga
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Isoda Koryusai
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Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)
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Utagawa Kunisada II
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Yanagawa Shigenobu
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Katsukawa Shuncho
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Utagawa School Shunga
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Attrib. to Kitagawa Utamaro
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Kitagawa Utamaro
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October 20, 2018

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