PAIR OF LOVERS (Isoda Koryusai)

N.1 shunga woodblock print
Period: 1920s
Condition: good
Size: 24,5 x 19 cm



Precious woodblock print of the 1920s, reproduction of a work made around 1770 by Isoda Koryusai (礒田湖龍斎), the famous artist coming from a family of samurai who, after becoming a ronin (浪人) following the death of his lord, renounced his lineage and moved to Edo (江戸) to devote himself entirely to ukiyo-e (浮世絵).

The print presented here belongs to the first artistic phase of Koryusai, in which the influence of Suzuki Harunobu (鈴木春信) is still present in the style of faces and figures. The change in the style of Koryusai will occur later, around 1775, with the most monumental series “Twelve Bouts in the Way of Love” (色道取組十二番).

The woodblock print, despite the obvious patina of the time, is in good general condition.