Dreams of Desire 27 (Super-imposed)

Untitled-Kansuke Yamamoto 1950
This arrestingly erotic image from the Japanese photographer Kansuke Yamamoto shows that, far from being a purely European movement, Surrealism had a truly global reach.

After an early expose to Dada and Surrealist ideas from the magazine ‘chine’,  Yamamoto published a magazine entitled Yoro no Funsui (The Night’s Fountain), where he provided texts, poems and photographs in 1938/1939. However when the Tokko (Japanese Special Police Force) expressed concerns regarding the subversive nature of its content, publication ceased. Yamamoto remained involved in the avant-garde during the 40’s and 50’s and show a genuine Surrealist commitment to non-conformity and rebellion.

19 thoughts on “Dreams of Desire 27 (Super-imposed)

  1. I like the marked body, almost like the moon’s service. As always, I’m not crazy about the male surrealists always using women’s bodies as canvases, but it’s a cool photo. And I enjoy the global focus.

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  2. Interesting image… to me, it’s applying someone’s idea of beauty onto a woman, as if remarking how she compares with that “ideal.”

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  3. Is the human body / a chest of drawers / to be opened and closed / at will / and things removed?

    On the operating table, / a sewing machine / and a bread knife / wait inside / a black umbrella / for their next / victim. Dalí’s Clock.

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  4. It’s a real cool photo. In a way, humans have been using their bodies as canvases from time immemorial. Marking, cutting, burning and tattooing… This, at least for the model, is temporary. Very interesting

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    1. Especially tattooing! The moment I saw it I thought of the long tradition of tattooing in Japan. I don’t know very much about Yamamoto, but am going to do some reading! Thank you for your post and the interesting replies.

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  5. I had replied to the post after this first and then saw this one. I didn’t say it on the prior one (nude bent forward), but I thought it would make such a nice canvas for art. And here is an example of that! Cool picture. And as someone above mentioned the male using females as canvases, it begs the question, were there any male subjects for similar surrealist art? 🙂

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    1. Good answer. Surrealism boasted a large number of female artists but they also seemed mainly concerned with the female body, maybe because they were in the main also models? Surrealism is often accursed of misogyny but I think that is unfair.

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