Erotic Art

Anonymously painted erotic watercolor inspired by one of Paul Avril’s illustrations for De Figuris Veneris (an anthology of Greek & Roman erotic writings published by German scholar Friedrich Karl Forberg in 1906). This version was most likely painted a few decades later – although the pose and elements are the same, it has great clean lines and coloring that make me prefer it to the original.

Very nice stuff, and a reminder that it was the Romans who came up with the term cunnilingus…

Antique Erotic Art - Paul Avril, De Figuris Veneris


Drypoint print by French illustrator & engraver Paul-Emile Becate, circa mid-1930s. This is one from a series of erotic prints illustrating (I believe) Paul Verlaines compilation of poetry, Les Amies. Beautiful stuff – I love the muted colors & intricate linework, and you’ll not find many more elegant depictions of explicit sex.

Vintage Erotic Art - Paul Emile Becate