Subject:Re: do anyone know the maker of this Erotic drawings and the age
Posted By: Bill H Sat, Sep 08, 2018
I've been trying to stay away from art that isn't on my collecting list, but in view of your admirable persistence, offer a comment.
The lack of response so far suggests that no one who participates in the forum, myself included, actually knows anything about the maker of your woodblock print. This may be because, historically in Japan, the authorities frowned on such art and punished anyone caught making or disseminating it. Artists who often depended on these "shunga" (春画 - "porno prints") for supplemental earnings, were forced to choose between shunga and woodblock themes depicting a planet less wanton than the "Willow World".
So while I can't read the cursive writing at the top of the picture, it may be that the artist signed a pseudonym or no name at all to the picture. In this regard, the indistinct red seal below the scene contains what looks to me possibly to be just the long-life character "ju" (寿).