Monday, May 22, 2017

Masturbating couples

Finding pictures of couples masturbating together is really difficult.  Most pictures involving couples feature mutual masturbation which isn't really masturbation at all!  However, we have found a number of nice black and white photographs which show happily shared self stimulation.

The two above have a strong voyeuristic element as well as a physical and emotional distance.  The top one is rather more companionable!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mutual Masturbation by Betty Dodson

I can't ignore official masturbation month on The Seduction of Venus, so here is a fun piece (dedicated to Scarlett Knight), done in chalk, by American artist and sex-positive feminist Betty Dodson (b. 1929).  This would normally be called mutual masturbation, but of course, that would be a contradictory term and Dodson rightly refers to it, although less catchily, as 'mutual manual genital stimulation'.  Produced for a planned but unpublished pillow book in the nineteen seventies.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Al fresco fun by Ivrasaki

Here is a delightfully fun-filled watercolour by an artist known as Ivrasaki, about whom I have been unable to discover anything, other than he was active in the 1930s.  Much erotic art is rather solemn but it is good to find an artist who depicts sex as fun and certainly these three couples are having fun out in the countryside.  The guitar playing girls and her man are apart but the other four are happily interacting with each other.  They all give the impression that they may all swap partners later on!  

More Ivrasaki soon.

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Innocent Nymph ou Le Retour du Poilu by Georges Léonnec

This illustration appeared in French magazine La Vie Parisienne after the end of the Great War, in May 1919.  It shows the God Pan playing his pipes to an imploring nymph.  Poilu means hairy one, which can well apply to Pan but was also the nickname of French infantry troops during the war.  Looking a bit more closely you can see the folded horizon bleu uniform and characteristic French Adrian helmet. The Nymph is saying, in the text which was under the picture,  "Play me, I beg you, a tango tune!" Does the fact that she is dubbed 'an innocent nymph' say anything about t e fate of young girls welcoming back their now battle-worn men?  Transformed, perhaps into something rather different to that which they were when they left home.  Something dangerous and less gentlemanly, perhaps, to innocent young women...

Georges Léonnec (1881-1940) served in the war himself before returning to Paris to illustrate magazines like La Vie Parisienne, Le Sourire and Fantasio.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Couple by Bruno Zack

 Here is another passionate bronze by Ukrainian born but Vienna based sculptor Bruno Zack (1891-1945).  I have featured one of his couples sculptures, of a nymph and satyr, before here and a single figure over on Venus Observations, here

There is no use of the justification of a classical scene here as the lady is wearing very nineteen twenties stockings!

Zack often used to highlight parts of his bronzes with colour and here he has, rather amusingly, used it on just one part of the gentleman's anatomy.

It's an interesting pose, with the man propped up between the lady's thighs so she can get better access to him.

He looks suitable entertained, anyway!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Nymph and faun by Erhard Amadeus Dier (1893-1969)

Here is a lovely illustration by Austrian artist Erhard Dier, who often signed his works 'Amadeus'.  An enticing nymph spreads her slim thighs for an appreciative looking faun.  It probably dates from sometime between 1917 and 1925.

Vienna-born Wier studied at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in that city and later travelled to Spain, Switzerland and Ital as part of his studies.  He began as an illustrator for Austrian magazines lie Die Muskete, later going on to produce designs for tapestries, pottery, banknotes, church windows and wallpaper.  During the time Austria was under Nazi rule he was an active member of the Austrian resistance.