Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lesbian scenes by Achille Devéria

Illustration for the opening scene of Gamiani, ou deux nuits d'excès

In an earlier post we presented a couple of illustrations for the nineteenth century erotic novel Gamiani, ou deux nuits d'excès (1833) by twentieth century artist Suzanne Ballivet: link.   Here are a couple more illustrations for the same novel but this time they are from much earlier (around 1848) and are by Achille Devéria (1800-1857)

 Achille Jacques-Jean-Marie Devéria was a French painter and lithographer.  Devéria's paintings were mainly in watercolour but it was his lithographic illustrations and portraits that he was really famous for.   At about the time he produced these illustrations he was appointed director of the Bibliothèque Nationale's department of engravings.

He produced quite a few erotic lithographs; most of which feature men and women. However, the novel for which these illustrations were done features quite a few lesbian interludes including the opening scene where the hero spies upon two women having sex.  Erotic illustrations of lesbian activity were comparatively rare in this period; most erotica focussing on men and women.

Although the pictures are quite lively we don't think that they show any sign of having been done from life as anatomically they are rather curious!

1 comment:

  1. I love Achille Devéria's lithos! Quite horny stuff!