Sunday, May 27, 2012

A little light discipline: photographs by Jan Saudek

The second post on our Venus Observations blog featured some of the striking (!) work of Czech photographer Jan Saudek .  Saudek's work channels the style of Victorian erotic photography from the mid nineteenth century, when images were often hand tinted.  Here are a couple of SM pictures we have found.  The top is similar to some of the post Great War spanking photographs which became very popular indeed for the next decade or so,

In this one, which appears to feature a violin teacher, the young lady obviously hasn't been practising her scales and needs a reminder of the importance of application.  The application of the bow may, no doubt, ensure this.

These pictures are for our particular friend Sofe, who has requested more of such pictures.  

Monday, May 21, 2012

Chryséis, Danseuse Etrusque: illustrations by Andre Provot

We haven't featured many pictures from the nineteen forties so here are some lesbian-themed drawings by French artist Andre Provot.

We haven't been able to discover much about him except that he was born in 1899 and died in 1985.

These top four pictures were produced as separate prints to accompany the publication of an edition of the erotic novel Chryséis, Danseuse Etrusque by Lucien Aressy.

The book was published in 1945 in an edition of 420 copies.

The prints accompanying the book (top four pictures) were more explicit than those in the book itself (bottom five pictures).

 Provot's sinuous lines are ideally suited to depict the lithe Etruscan dancer and her companions and their somewhat primitive style suits a story set in ancient times.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Couples by Eugene Reunier

Having posted a few of German artist Eugene Reuinier's lesbian pictures we though we would put some of his male/female ones up.  We begin with this really rather splendid seated reverse cowgirl picture.  As usual, the participants seem to be really enjoying themselves!

This ready for action young lady seems to be trying to get  her companion either into bed or back into bed.  He doesn't seem at all sure!

A little mild  group debauchery here as a man dressed as a Pierrot pours his Champagne over  a young ladies bottom and straight into the mouth of the happy looking gentleman who is, literally, under the table.

Another Pierrot is entertained by a lady happily astride his shin while little babies ride flying cocks (a common motif for Reunier).

A third Pierrot is ridden by a happy young woman in front of an excited cockatoo (appropriately).

Another girl on top, ecstatically sitting on her friend's face while keeping him occupied at the same time.  Her expression is wonderful in this one!

Something a bit more unconventional in this picture as a man appears to be experimenting on the woman, although she doesn't look at all uncomfortable with the procedure.

This poor chap, using balloons as Viagra, is lamenting his loss of youth to his amused companion.

Foursome fun in this one, also featuring carnival costumes and a nicely composed group in action.

Finally, we have a couple of illustrations with an S&M theme.  This young lady, as the caption states, is "always ready", no doubt for the incredibly louche looking gentleman paying her a visit.  It looks like she is looking forward to it, though.

This chap is receiving vigorous encouragement in his endeavors.  No slacking allowed here!

Reunier's pictures manage the difficult combination of being erotic, amusing and character driven.  Finally, we will feature some of his solo women over on Venus observations over the weekend.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Assertive lesbians by Eugene Reunier

Here are a few pictures of some nicely assertive young ladies by Eugene Reuiner.  We have posted a couple of pictures by Reunier before: one of some harem girls and one in our first enema art post.  Despite his French name, Reunier was actully a pseudonym for German artist Carl Breuer-Courth (1884-1960).  He produced these erotic work in the nineteen twenties before switching to photography at the end of that decade.  Other than that we have been unable to find anything else out about him but his pictures speak for themselves.   

He brought a great deal of joie de vivre (or whatever the German equivalent is) to his pictures and his figures are always obviously really enjoying themselves as is apparent by the delightful expression of the young lady in the picture above, being ministered to by her enticingly be-stockinged friend.

We would imagine that some of these illustrations are from stories and it would be interesting to find out what the subjects of these are.  This illustration is typically characterful.  The maid appears to be revealing her mistress, in a voila sort of moment, to her guests.  The expressions on these ladies faces are marvellous!

Another maid is in evidence in this picture, looking on in amusement as her mistress (we assume) gives her young friend a good thrashing.  Again, the expressions on their faces are priceless!  There is a title on this one but I cannot read it, unfortunately.

In the twenties erotic pictures (whether illustrations of photographs) often featured spanking scenes and Reunier produced many of these.  The one above demonstrates why illustrations were superior to photos for these.  The sense of movement in the girl on the right's cane and hair is palpable.

Finally, we have this almost balletic composition, as the lady prepares to strike with her riding whip despite the tender attention of her friend.

More Reunier soon.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Moulin Rouge by Robert Farber

Penthouse had a very different girl/girl pictorial in their March 1976 issue from the one it had had the previous month.  

The February pictorial by Stan Malinowski, My funny valentine, was the magazine's first bondage pictorial and couldn't have been more different to this softly romantic period piece.

For a start, it was their first ever girl/girl/girl set and was shot in dreamily soft-focus style which was the complete opposite of My Funny Valentine's harsh lighting.  

The pictorial was the work of top photographer Robert Farber in his only Penthouse shoot.  At this point in his career Farber was taking a very painterly approach to his photography which suited the French Impressionist period setting of this pictorial. 

Farber himself described his style "as if I were using the strokes of a brush to paint with light".

Farber had just started to work with two models in his nude photography; the result of a happy accident when two girls accidentally turned up for the same session.

This photo is less soft-focus than the others and, with its companion (second one from the top), gives an idea of the backstage at the Moulin Rouge environment they are supposed to be in.  It shows off the sort of wonderful set dressing which you don't see these days.

Some of Farber's shots demonstrate the sort of abstraction he would pursue later in his career.  In the eighties he moved from largely colour to largely black and white photography.

White Nude 1994

This picture done for Bloomingdales (above) in the early eighties demonstrates his ability to pose more than one model in an effective composition.

Whilst not as explicit as, say, Earl Miller's Mirror Image from December 1975 Farber's shots convey a soft, nuzzling sort of intimacy.  They are more akin to J.Frederick Smith's work than the usual cadre of Penthouse photographers in approach.

More interestingly, his models are very much women rather than girls

So, to the story behind the pictorial.  This time there was one but it was not as involved as some of those in the past.

Set, of course, in the theatre of the Moulin Rouge the pictorial purports to depict three dancers in the changing room backstage.  "The show is over for the night, but in the dressing room another is just beginning..."

"Costumes drop to the floor, hats roll away. lips brush against stiffening nipples and thighs part and cleave."  We're not quite sure about the concept of a thigh cleaving, unless they are envisaging one taut, dancer's upper leg pushing between those of another's.

Farber's compositional skills are very evident in this shot where that dark patch of pubic hair sits in the centre and yet your eye is led up by the fingers to the face on the left and finally that one, massive breast at the top right, being cupped by elegant fingers.  

This sensual picture was left out of the UK edition of the magazine.  Although the UK edition was showing some of the faux mastabatory pictures by this time they were still nervous about them in love sets.

Finally, it is revealed that the girls have had a secret voyeur all the time, in the diminutive shape of what the magazine describes as a "crazy, dwarf, painter" who, naturally offers to join in their games.  "Now shall we explore the possibilities of l'amour à trois and a half until dawn?"  So, yet again, the implication is that the women aren't really lesbians although their expressions in the final photo don't indicate that they are going to invite the chap to join in and they look more than capable of chucking him out on his ear!  Toulouse Lautrec (the implication being that it is he) was not, of course a dwarf.  He was 5'1" tall but he did have short legs caused, it is said, by having the genetic bone disorder pycnodysostosis.  

Robert Farber continues as a top photographer, particularly of the nude on which subject he gives lectures and runs masterclasses.  He also does advertising work, fashion and beauty as well as fine art work including still life and landscapes.  His landscape work, in particular, is very painterly. He has had seven books of his work published. In 1995 he was presented with the ASP International Award by the Prefessional Photographers of America and the American Society of Photographers.  This top award is for those who have made a significant contribution to the science and art of photography.