Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Leda and the Swan by Igor Zeinalov

We feature Leda and the Swan as our title illustration, of course, and over the next few months we will be adding some more of the many pictures and sculpture inspired over the centuries by this somewhat bizarre Ancient Greek myth.

The legend, which was popularised by Ovid (43BC-17AD) and Fulgentius (late 5th Century-early 6th Century), exists in several different versions.  The most popular has Leda as the daughter of King Thestius of Aetolia.  She married King Tyndareus of Sparta.  Much admired by Zeus the naked Leda was drying in the sun after bathing in the river Eurotas, the main river in Sparta.

The River Eurotas today

Zeus took the form of a swan pretending to flee an eagle and Leda happily let him take refuge in her lap.  The resulting copulation is voluntary in some versions of the legend and rape in others.  It is also said that Leda then had sex with her husband that night; the result of all this being two eggs and four children: the twins Castor and Pollux and Helen of Sparta (later to be Helen of Troy) and Clytemnestra.  Who is mortal and who is part divine also varies in different versions of the story.  Some versions have Zeus impregnating Nemesis the spirit of divine retribution.  In the latter version Nemesis turns into a goose to avoid the rapacious god but he turns into a swan to mate with her.  Nemesis lays an egg which is found by a shepherd in the marshes who gives it to Leda who looks after it until it hatches thus making Helen only Leda's adoptive daughter.  All legends agree that Helen is the daughter of Zeus however. 

This legend has led to some of the most explicit and erotic art of the classical period.  This contemporary  piece by Russian artist Igor Zeinalov (b 1959) takes the unusual route of having Leda taken doggie (swanie?) style.  All other copulatory versions of the legend we have seen have her being taken from the front, as would be more logical with a swan landing on your lap! It's a striking piece, however, and a good addition to the canon, we think.

Igor Zeinalov

Igor Zeinalov was born in Penza, Russia which is about 400 miles south-east of Moscow.  He attended art school in Penza, graduating in 1978. The same year he was called up for national service in the army and worked at producing graphics with a military theme for the state print factory.  He produced many illustrations of military subjects and some of his work is on display in the Military Museum in Brussels, which Triple P has visited several times.  Since the mid nineties he has been working on small sculptures such as this bronze.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Friends by Jeff Dunas

From June 1975 we have this pictorial by Jeff Dunas; his first girl/girl pictorial for Penthouse.  This appeared only three months after the previous girl/girl pictorial Rites of Spring by Earl Miller.  From this point on, girl/girl pictorials would become increasingly common in the magazine.  This one, however, was still only the sixth one in five years.

Two things immediately distinguish this pictorial from the previous ones:  Firstly, they have manged to get the girls out of the ubiquitous fields and meadows of the earlier pictorials.  Secondly, the pictures are much more passionate than the coy posing and light caressing of the earlier efforts.

Dunas starts well with a nicely tactile ear licking picture.  Compared with other photographers attempts at this genre in the magazine to date he crops his figures very tightly.  There are no full length figures; he frames the figures in such a way that the impression is much more immdiate and intimate.

These two photographs were obvioulsy taken very close together with the dark haired girl moving her hand from her companion's shoulder to her own groin.

This photograph was the most intimate girl/girl picture that magazine had published to date.  There is nothing innocent about this; no ethereally vapid expressions.  The dark haired girl (for the first time the models aren't named) sucks the other's nipple whilst the fair-haired one slides her hand down her friend's groin.

The accompanying text had the usual story of girls being taken by surprise by their passion for each other: "Suddenly my breath was heavy and my chest on fire, and without thinking I reached out and she sighed and just sort of melted into my arms."  Also as usual, however, the text states that of course they continue to have boyfriends.  They aren't lesbians.  Honest.

The pictorial had very few pictures compared with the ones which had gone before as so many of the photographs were full page; so only eight pictures compared with Rite of Spring's thirteen.


The final double page spread even outdoes the previous one, as the dark haired girl prepares to suck her friend's nipple completely into her mouth.  There is more than just kissing going on here.

So Dunas' first girl/girl set at last matches the passionate descriptions in the text with the accompanying images.  It is much more believable that these two have sex with each other than in any of the other girl/girl pictorials so far.  Unlike the previous intervals between girl/girl pictorials the next one, also by Dunas, would follow the next month so we shall ensure that there is only a brief interval until it appears here as well.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Enema at the gates: 1

We posted this drawing of a girl about to recieve an enema by Watteau over on our Venus Observations blog not long ago.  Whilst researching for our Herric post we also came across this drawing (below) of two young women trying to give another a forcible enema.

The vigour of the blonde's struggle is cleverly illustrated by the flying shoe. The story behind this picture, whatever it is, is intriguing!

A fifteenth cemtury illustration of the works of the Greek physician Galen

What we hadn't imagined was that there was a whole sub-genre of enema art.  This is not just a recent development; it has long, historical antecedents.

La Soubrette Officieuse by Swiss artist Alexandre Chaponnier (1753-1805)

What is not always clear, of course, is to what extent any particular depiction of people receiving enemas is purely a record of medical practices of the time or whether it had any intended erotic value.

Le Curieux by Pierre-Anroine Baudouin

This delicate watercolour by Baudouin (1723-1769) shows a maid about to giver her mistress an enema using a clyster syringe, which was the usual way of administering an enema from the 17th to the 19th centuries.  Baudouin was a pupil of, and eventually son-in-law to, Francois Boucher and like his tutor mixed erotic and conventional subjects. He rarely painted in oils; confining himself to pastels and watercolour.  There is little doubt with this picture that the lady's elegantly revealed posterior is presented for erotic effect.

Tobacco enema


Enemas were not just a medical solution to constipation and dehydration but were also used to quickly introduce drugs, both medical and recreational, into the system.  The French (compared with the UK, for example) continue to favour the use of suppositories for delivering drugs so perhaps this more anal approach may explain their interest in enema art!  In the eighteenth century picture above, physicians administer a tobacco smoke enema.  This was not only used to treat stomach pain but also to revive victims of near drowning.

Der gefaellige freund (the obliging friend) by Helga Bode

Triple P tends to regard those into the more extreme fetishes with mild amusement.  But whilst we can see why someone might enjoy being tied up, dressing in rubber or being spanked we tend to find the appeal of enemas rather baffling.

Helga Bode

Nevertheless, there are plenty of artists that have had a go at these sorts of pictures although, we should note, that most are a sub-set of spanking pictures (which seemed to be particularly popular in France and Germany in the nineteen twenties and thirties).

Die gefürchtete kanüle (the dreaded needle) by Helga Bode

Enemas are, we gather, painful and that, added to the penetrative nature of them makes them popular with those of a BDSM nature.  The administration of an enema gives plenty of scope for a dominant male to terrorise a submissive female.  However, quite a lot of the art features dominant females with submissive, often younger women.  Indeed, in the past, enemas were administered to children as a punishment and some of the art reflects this.

 Das Geduldige Opferlamm  (the willing sacrificial lamb) by Helga Bode

Helga Bode was a German artist active in the nineteen twenties.  She specialised in spanking art (more of which another time) but also produced a lot of enema themed drawings and watercolours.  Some of her illustrations appeared in German medical books in the thirties but very little is known about her.

Im Schlafsaal des Internats (in the boarding school dormitory) by Helga Bode

Bode was particularly keen, as a spanking artist, on the punishment and pain aspects of the process.  A school location gave plenty of opportunity to depict older women dealing with teenaged girls.

Klistierstunde im Pensionat (Clyster hour at boarding school) by Helga Bode

Bode didn't miss the possibilities of the extra threat posed by a male protaganoist, however, and, as we can see by the two examples below, much of her art is about the anticipation rather than the act itself.

Peinlicher Befehl (the embarrasing instruction) by Helga Bode

In contrast to the alarm on the faces of many of Bode's victims the young lady in this picture by Margit Gaal  looks to be very much enjoying the process.

Margit Gaal

Despite having an older woman administering the clyster syringe you get the impression that the young girl is very much on top of the situation. The added voyeuristic, in flagrante element works well too.

These other two pictures by Gaal also all demonstrate pleasure rather than pain.

Eugene Reunier

More anticipation is evident in this picture by Eugene Reunier which also includes some of his characteristic doodles.  We will look at Reuinier (actually a German artist) another time.

This one by artist Jim Black, again, has a reluctant looking victim at the mercy of two older women.  Black was one of the pseudonyms of French Artist Luc Lafnet (1889-1939) who we will also look at in the future.

Like many of these artists Black/Lafnet specialised in spanking pictures but produced the occasional enema picture such as the one above.

This picture is by another illustrator of ninteen thirties French spanking novels, JX Dumoulin.  It is an illustration from a novel called Humiliations Chéries by Jean Claqueret, a pseudonym for an unknown French author.

Here is another illustration from a Claqueret novel.  This one comes from the same novel as the second picture from the top and is, like that one, by Herric.

This one has two well dressed ladies observing as what looks like a maid prepares the instrument of torture for the younger girl.  The girl's expression (and the faces in this are very expressive) is such that she might actually be looking forward to it!  This is an illustration from a novel by Sadie Blackeyes which was a pen name for French author and songwriter Pierre Dumarchey (1882-1970).  Dumarchey was the author of the novel Quai de Brumes which was made into a film by Marcel Carné in 1938. 

This 1911 novel from which this illustration comes was called Miss and was subtitled: the adventures of a young girl of the world in a school of correction.  The illustration was by Louis Malteste who was a cartoonist, theatre poster designer and illustrator of rather more talent than some of the other artists illustrated here!

Most of these pictures are from the first three decades of the twentieth century but this one could be from a little later, from the look of the hair styles.  Unlike some of the terrified victims in some of the other pictures here, this lady seems totally unconcerned by the insertion of the bulb enema wielded by the nurse.

This illustration by Richard Hegemann really piles it all on.  A man with bound wrists has sex with a woman who is tied to a chair.  She is receiving an enema whilst a woman in a see through slip and boots whips them whilst an excited little dog looks on.   Hegemann was probably actually a woman, active in Germany in the twenties.

Finally, we have a case of mutual fun with an obviously excited chap receiving an enema whilst simultaneously giving his lady friend a bulb version.

More enema art another time.