Monday, July 21, 2014

Satyr and Nymph by Arthur Fischer

Satyr and Nymph (1900)

Here is a lusty satyr, warming up his chosen nymph in a picture attributed to German painter Arthur Fischer.  Fischer was born in Berlin in 1872 and concentrated on landscapes and large scale portraits. Employing a studio of 30 assistants he was a court painter to Kaiser Wilhelm II and his pictures were sold as postcards and prints.  In the nineteen thirties he painted portraits of Hitler and Mussolini.  He died in 1948.  

Fischer with portraits of Mussolini and Hitler

This picture does show some similarities to some of his other nudes so if it is by Fischer it must have been done for a private collector.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Lady and the Stableboy by Earl Miller

Time for another Penthouse "love set" The Lady and the Stableboy by Earl Miller.  It's about, er, a lady and her stableboy. The lady is called Amanda in the accompanying story and is played by the lovely Pet of the Month from October 1976, Suzanne Saxon, who was just 21 at the time this pictorial was published.  The stableboy, Sven, is played by a very nineteen seventies looking man with a very nineteen seventies looking mustache.

This set comes from the July 1977 issue and is the second of what would eventually be four boy/girl pictorials in that year.

The writer can't resist lots of references to stallions, of course, and the text is rather more graphic and less poetic than some of the previous ones. "My pussy was wet and my whole body ached with lust!" it begins, breathlessly. 

Saxon looks just gorgeous in this and her lovely smile adds considerably to her allure in the opening shots.

Unusually, there aren't any shots of the couple removing their clothes in stages, as was usually the case in couples pictorials. First they are fully dressed and next they are naked, although, enticingly Suzanne keeps her boots on for her initial poses.

Sazon displays her awesome bush to great effect; set off by her  strong tan lines.  She doesn't need the disguising effect of clothes as her wonderful body looks great from any angle.

Although Sven never flashes his manhood (it was still very rare in Penthouse at the time) Suzanne's hand position suggests an implied erection here.

There are a much higher number of oral shots in this pictorial compared with its predecessors.  Here Sven gets a good mouthful of Suzanne's bushy pussy. Her hanging from the branch pose looks quite precarious but very sexy!

One positive aspect of Miller's shoot here is the number of sensual caressing shots of the couple.  They do have a convincing chemistry which certainly had not always been the case in Penthouse's love sets.

Certainly, Suzanne must have been pretty comfortable with the male model to pose for another intimate oral shot like this.

Finally, we get a, still unusual, implied fellatio shot.  Although The Lady and the Stableboy is not as explicit as some of Penthouse's previous girl/boy love sets, Miller did an excellent job on it and Saxon is an utter delight throughout.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Two Satyrs by Norman Lindsay

Australian artist Norman Lindsay (1879-1969) is best known for being the subject of the enjoyable film Sirens (1993), in which Sam Neill portrayed the artist.  Lindsay was a painter, sculptor, cartoonist and writer.  He also produced many fine etchings such as this one, which features one of his characteristic sumptuous female nudes.  

It's a humourous and affectionate picture depicting a classical half man half goat satyr copulating, not with the usual nymph but a lady satyr or, more properly, a satyress.  The latter were a comparatively late creation in classical art and are rarely depicted.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Penthouse Pictorials Indexed

Our "Love Sets" (as they called them) from Penthouse magazine are some of the most popular posts on the site so we have indexed them in the sidebar by type: boy/girl, girl/girl, girl/girl/girl and groups.  We will be posting another one in the next couple of days.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Mario Tauzin for One Million page views

We have just noticed that we have passed one million page views here on The Seduction of Venus so we would like to thank all those who stop by.  To celebrate we offer up this seductive picture by Mario Tauzin.  This is from the set of 30 famous etchings which he did dated 1930.  Tauzin was born, it is thought, in 1909 (he died in 1979) so would have been comparatively young when he produced these pictures.  

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Two Reflected Ladies: French Postcards by Grundworth

Our most recent Centrefold Venus on our Venus Observations site makes use of a mirror to offer an alternative view of its subject in the same frame. Proving that there is nothing new in the erotic depiction of women's bodies we have these four studies from a series produced by the French postcard studio Grundworth. 

Like most of these postcard publishing outfits of the time, little is known about it, as, despite the widespread circulation of these cards (which were certainly tolerated amongst troops during the Great War) their production and distribution was illegal in France, hence the requirement for anonymity.

Grundworth produced erotic postcards from the 1890s to the 1930s.  Given the timespan and a number of different styles the name is unlikely to represent an individual photographer but more likely a group of photographers who were, perhaps better known, but wanted to hide their real identities.  Grundworth cards were very collectable and are even more so today.  You can expect to pay from £75 to £150 each for these little treasures.

These photographs are often dated at 1935 and certainly the hairstyles are right for this period.  The gartered stockings may indicate a slightly earlier date in the late twenties, however.  These pictures are also sometimes knows as women on a chaise longue but the width of the piece of furniture is more likely to indicate some from of divan or other bed.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Swept Away by Patrick Barnes

Patrick Barnes only did three pictorials for Penthouse, of which this is the second one.  Of course, the name could be an alias for one of the other regular Penthouse photographers, who sometimes employed a different name if they already had a number of other pictorials in the issue. Although in this case the other photographers in the issues concerned are all different so it may well be a real name.

Anyway, this is his only couples shot.  It comes five months after the last two girl pictorial, The Serpent, which was rather atypical in style.  Here we are back to a more narrative approach.

There is a significant difference, of course, from just posing two naked girls together (as was seen in UK magazines at the time) and posing them in a way that suggested they were in a sexual relationship; something that Penthouse gradually mastered in the mid to late seventies.

The story behind this one is that Erica goes down to stay with her friend Kate by the sea and the sunset walk along the beach starts something up between them.  "Lovely Kate took my hand and led me along the dunes.  When she took me in her arms I felt my desire intensify."

Kate and Erica indulge in some passionate breast play.  The perky thrusting of the pair in the picture above is quite superb!  Who could resist them? 

The success of this pictorial is due, in large part, to the passionate kissing depicted.  As we have observed before, kissing is not that common in girl/girl sets such as this but Kate and Erica put in a convincing performance here.

We have a couple of shots of the girls in stockings and just the one labia flashing shot.  Apart from the very daring The Spider and the Fly from seven months earlier the girl/girl sets in Penthouse had not been nearly as revealing as the solo sets in the magazine.

We get a bit of implied cunnilingus here but, as was usually the case at this point, the text was more explicit than the photographs themselves.  "We made love again and again.  Kate's tongue seemed to have a life of its own - first running along my neck, then thrusting deep inside my mouth, then gently teasing my nipples, and finally lapping furiously between my legs.  Then I turned Kate over; and as she writhed with pleasure, I ran my tongue between the cheeks of her ass, poking it inside one hole and then the other."  This was certainly the first mention of anilingus in a Penthouse pictorial.

Finally, the girls end up in the hot tub for more passionate caressing.  In fact, the bottom picture was so passionate that the UK edition of Penthouse left it out of its version of the pictorial.  Perhaps the implied cunnilingus wasn't implied enough for British sensitivities! 

So, overall, this is a good pictorial; only suffering from the fact that it was a bit short at six pages and just thirteen pictures.  The three girl set Class Reunion, from two months previously, had had fourteen pages and nineteen images, for example.

Next up (and S from Vancouver says I need to post these Penthouse sets more often!) will be a boy/girl set starring Pet of the Month for October 1976, the gorgeous Suzanne Saxon.  Fortunately, we have already scanned this so it won't be a long wait!