Katsushika Hokusai, nació en Tokio, Japón, en 1760, en el período conocido como la época de Edo, y produjo bellísimos grabados y pinturas, en los que retrata la naturaleza en todo su esplendor.
Son famosas sus obras sobre el Monte Fuji, así como los grabados con temas marinos, en los que figuran frágiles barcos azotados por gigantescas olas, que parecen cobrar vida ante los ojos de los espectadores.
Hokusai cuando pinta El sueño de la esposa del pescador se convierte en un referente dentro del erotismo pulpero. El grabado representa a una mujer manteniendo sexo con dos pulpos y es uno de los ukiyo-e (pinturas del mundo flotante) más reconocidos. David Laity rehizo el ukiyo-e de El sueño de la esposa del pescador en una pintura con el mismo nombre, y Masami Teraoka actualizó la imagen con su trabajo en el 2001 "Sarah and Octopus/Séptimo Cielo", parte de su colección Olas y Plagas.
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The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife is an erotic woodcut made circa 1820 by Hokusai
, perhaps the first instance of tentacle porn
. It features a woman entwined sexually with a pair of octopuses
. She is kissing a small octopus, while a larger one is performing cunnilingus on her. This ukiyo-e
woodcut arose in the Edo period in Japan when Shinto was making a resurgence and the resulting Animism and a more playful attitude to sexuality combined powerfully in Hokusai's piece. It is a celebrated example of shunga
and has been reworked by a number of artists including:David Laity
reworked the woodcut into a painting of the same name
. He claims that the original piece was actually titled "Dancing With Katsushika Hokusai".Masami Teraoka
brought the image up to date with his 2001 work "Sarah and Octopus/Seventh Heaven
part of his "Waves and Plagues" collection.
A parody image
featuring the Flying Spaghetti Monster
has been created by artist Niklas Jansson
British artist Lali Chetwynd included a reenactment of the woodcut as part of her performance of "Erotics and Beastiality: Depraved Creativity" at the Liverpool Biennial of 2004. The scene saw bikini clad artist Eva Stenram disappear legs first into the costume of the slowly gyrating animal, operated by writer Tom McCarthy.
The anime series Samurai Champloo
made playful reference to this image in episode 5, "Artistic Anarchy
". Mugen, looking through a ukiyo-e artist's collection, comments "Whoa, doin' it with a squid". The series is set in roughly 1675, well before the creation of this image, but anachronism
is one of the hallmarks of Champloo.
The collection of the comic book Commies from Mars: The Red Planet
has a parody image as part of the general mayhem of Martians taking over the Earth. Artwork by John Pound.
Similar themes of human females having sexual intercourse with sea life have been displayed since the 17th century in Japanese netsuke, small carved sculptures only a few inches in height and often extremely elaborate. Once, people walked the streets of Edo with their moneypurses hanging from their belts, netsuke-pulls of human-marine erotica dangling from their drawstrings.