Rêve Ecarlate by Toshio Saeki
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Publisher: Editions Cornélius
Underground icon in Japan, Toshio Saeki is the inventor of a unique style, in a field that he has totally transformed - the ero-guro (literally: erotic-grotesque scenes). This genre dates back to the origins of classical Japanese drawing and has given rise to many prints over the centuries. But Saeki, by declining traditional motifs, mixed them with the anxieties specific to his generation, which experienced the hopes and disillusions of the 1970s. The modern world, its violence and its flaws interfere in timeless scenes, producing new monsters and fantasies that we hadn't been able to imagine before. Stimulated by the censorship that is rampant in Japan (it is prohibited to show the sexes) Saeki makes the prohibition an artistic constraint and deports to the absurd and dreamlike the oldest subject in the world.
Rêve écarlate is the first volume of a chronological and reasoned anthology of the work of Toshio Saeki , a world first for this well-known author whose publications are rare, particularly in Europe.