"Tako to ama" by Hokusai (葛飾 北斎), from the Shunga collection Kinoe no Komatsu, 1814.
Also known as “The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife,” this is arguably the most iconic shunga piece and one of the better known pieces of ukiyo-e in the wider art world. It’s also incredibly dirty and quite humorous, a fact that often seems lost on audiences unable to read the verse accompanying the image.
In the spirit of the season (cephalopod season?) I’ll be posting some different artworks inspired by Hokusai’s classic over the next few days, under the tag Fisherman’s Wife redux. Enjoy! And my apologies in advance if you dislike fish, nudity, tentacles, or wackiness.