Japanese Books – Daito Keigo

two images, Seated Couple and Lovers, attributed to Ikeno Taiga

“Erotic books were almost exclusively the province of the Ukiyo-e school, but there are a few that were created by artists of other schools. One is associated with the illustrious name of Ikeno Taigo…”

“…with a text by Shibata Roshu (1840-90), in folding album form, and the title Daito Keigo, ‘Boudoir Tales from the East.’ The two prints illustrated are from the 1814 edition; they show the bold, dragged brush lines, and the compact compositions, underscored by simple colour-printing limited to broad areas of two colours, with marked gradiations.”

~from The Art of the Japanese Book by Jack Hillier


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