Rêve Écarlate: Art of Toshio Saeki

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"Scarlet Dream" is a deluxe hardcover anthology of work by ero-goru artist Toshio Saeki aka “The Godfather of Japanese Eroticism.” This volume brings together the drawings published between 1970 and 1972 in the magazine SM Selecto, where Saeki worked for over twenty years. Each page features timeless scenes of grotesque monsters, macabre eroticism and pop colours that speak of an artist who has devoted his life to drawing “what is happening in his head when he closes eyes.“.

Captivating and disturbing, is found in the work of Saeki the epitome of style to the irreducible and fascinating power. Living God and underground icon in Japan, Toshio Saeki is the inventor of a unique style, in a field that he totally transformed the ero-guro (literally erotic-grotesque scenes). This kind goes back to the origins of traditional Japanese drawing and gave many prints through the centuries. But Saeki , declining traditional reasons, mixed them own anxieties in his generation, who has known the hopes and disappointments of the 1970s the modern world, its violence and its defects interfere in timeless scenes, producing unreleased monsters and fantasies that we were able to imagine before. Spurred by the censorship that exists in Japan - it is forbidden to show the sexes - Saeki makes the forbidden artistic constraint and deported to the absurd and the oldest fantasy about the world. His unique style, which reminds many Europeans the famous "clear line" of Hergé and Joost Swarte, strange as for the Japanese player for the Western reader, each finding in this respect to the perfect simplicity a form of unique exotic.

Published by Cornelius. French language.
Hardcover, 192 pages.

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