Saturday, 28 September 2013

That explains the kraken fixation then

Leafing through the Guardian Review section this morning over tea and toast, I came across this image illustrating an article about the Shunga exhibit on at the British Museum. Shunga, I discovered, is Japanese erotic art and Ian Buruma's piece offered a fascinating overview of this mainstream art form, its links to Shinto and the like. But for me this image, by Hokusai (he of the giant curling waves and images of Mount Fuji) says it all. Titled Dream of the Fisherman's Wife it is surreal, fantastical, absurd, sensual, disturbing and very funny.

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