I know I promised a while back on Twitter to write about paintings of Maiko and the artists who painted them… So with no further ado, let’s dive straight in!
Ukiyo-e (literally: portraits of the floating world) is a genre of art that flourished in the Edo period as a result of the long-waited peace and prosperity. That’s when Japan was finally unified and ruled with a relatively centralised state power. In the absence of war, arts, entertainment and the economy started to flourish; it was also when kabuki and the profession of Geisha began.
If I remember correctly, the earliest Ukiyo-e artist who was famous for “beauty portraits”（美人画）was Katsushika Hokusai’s（葛飾北斎） daughter: Katsushika Oui（葛飾応為）. Her father Hokusai is the one who created the genre of Ukiyo-e. He painted, I’m sure you have seen it somewhere, this:
The Great Wave off Kanagawa
And of course, the earliest tentacle erotica: (´・////・
The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife
* I’d write a long blog about erotic shunga, netsuke toys and historical dildos, but they can wait for now… Continue reading “Ukiyo-e & Maiko Portraits”