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Twenty-Eight Famous Murders with Verse, complete series in four parts. Part 4
The Muzan-e, also known as the ‘Bloody Prints’ or the ‘Twenty-Eight Famous Murders with Verse’, is a collection of Japanese ukiyo-e by artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi from the 1860s, which depicted several gruesome acts of murder or torture based on historical events or scenes in Kabuki plays.
Although most of the works are solely violent by nature, it is perhaps the first known example of ero guro or the erotic grotesque in Japanese culture, an art sub-genre which depicts either erotic or extreme images of violence and mutilation.
The Muzan-e has influenced many modern day art formats and ero guro can be found in manga with the works of Suehiro Maruo, Shintaro Kago, Kazuichi Hanawa or Toshio Saeki; in many live action films such as the pink film movement and most of the works of director Takashi Miike and even non-Japanese artists such as Trevor Brown.
Muzan translates from Japanese as cruelty or atrocity, and the works were said to spread a general panic amongst the populace at the time of publishing, with the extreme violence depicted in the paintings taken as a sign of social and moral decline.
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