Thursday, April 23, 2015

Genesis: The Fall from Innocence from Hustler July 1978




Our al fresco sex theme continues with a series of paintings depicting the Fall of Adam and Eve as told in the book of Genesis.  Adam and Eve were the first couple to have outdoor sex  (well, if you are a creationist, anyway) unless,of course, they managed to build a shelter before first having a bonk.  It depends how good Adam was at DIY.  Perhaps, Eve may have been the shelter building one.  



These paintings appeared in the July 1978 issue of Hustler, surprisingly, as it was usually Penthouse which sometimes featured erotic art.  The paintings were accompanied by a piece by renowned America sexologists Drs Eberhard and Phyliss Kronhausen.  They first bought erotic art out of the realm of the private collection to the public with their exhibition The First International Exhibition of Erotic Art in Lund in Sweden in 1968, which was then transferred to Copenhagen the following year.  




Here we have Eve noticing something different about Adam under the apple tree.  "What poor, sick, twisted guilt-ridden, neurotic mind first conjured up a sexless Garden of Eden?" asked the Kronhausens in their opening sentence.  Basically, their argument goes that the Bible has been misunderstood and that the fall of man was not about the discovery of sin, manifested as sex but was about the loss of innocent enjoyment of sex "and with it the appearance of false shame where none is called for, and needless guilt where no evil has been committed."




"We are delighted with these skilfully rendered paintings, which restore innocence and fun to Paradise," they continued.  In this picture we have Adam also realising that Eve is not built like he is.




Here we have a delighted Eve appreciating Adam's erection while he rubs her pussy with his heel.  It's quite rare to have such frank erotic art as this in fully finished paintings. Most erotic art of the past consists of drawings or engravings.  Even more unusual are the number of paintings in this series which must have taken some time to complete.  These weren't something dashed off for a speculative collector or even as an exercise for the artist.   




Unfortunately, the piece gives no clue as to the paintings' origin.  The Kronhausen's date the paintings to somewhere between 1850 and 1900.  As we shall see Triple P believes them to be rather later than that.




Although the painting is competent it is certainly not of the highest quality.  The faces of the protagonists vary from picture to picture, for a start, and there might even be different hands involved in the paintings.  The style and tighter rendering in the one at the top of this post contrasts with the looser style of some of the others.  It could be, of course, that they were painted over a long period and the artist's style changed over the years.  The anatomy of the man in the picture third from top, where Eve is pointing at his penis, is much better than in some of the other paintings.   Adam's hair is shorter, too.




Here we have the moment just before Adam penetrates Eve as they are watched by a (rather small) tiger.  The Garden of Eden is full of all manner of animals with little regard to geography.  The same can be said of the place's botany with palm trees and evergreens all mixed up together.




Here Adam nibbles on Eve's nipple while he appears about to take her again.  Interestingly, none of the paintings in this first part of the series depicts actual penetration, despite Adam's rampant state.




In this painting Adam appears to be ejaculating.  Perhaps he has become overcome by Eve's charms (and her bottom in particular) before he even got started or perhaps he has withdrawn to spurt on the grassy banks.  "When Adam delved and Eve span who was then the gentleman?" asked John Ball in 1381.  Well, obviously Adam was a gentleman because, having delved into Eve, he thoughtfully came outside her.




As the sun sets over the Garden of Eden, Eve sprawls with her legs apart while a satisfied looking Adam contemplates his erection.  He looks ready to go again.  No rest for Eve tonight!




This picture is reminiscent of several paintings of the Fall as Adam and Eve realise that they have broken the rules and are about to be expelled from the Garden of Eden.  Other paintings, however, do not feature kangaroos (or are they wallabies?) or Adam sporting a throbbing erection.




The remaining pictures in the series are rather more fantastical, although obviously by the same artist or artists.  In this one, a sumptuous looking Eve gets on all fours for an excited looking goat.  In the background on the left Adam is copulating with a young doe.  Is this saying something about the human's roles and characters?




Although Adam's balls are clearly depicted his penis isn't visible and Eve's pussy is not being penetrated again.  Not so her anus, however as a friendly chimpanzee penetrates both her's and Adam's arseholes with his fingers.




In this one Adam just stands in the background while Eve' has her pussy licked by a deer.  Perhaps these picture are meant to depict Adam and Eve after the fall when their innocent enjoyment of sex has turned into something more perverted.




There is no sign of Adam in this painting.  We just have Eve tickling her clitoris with the tip of a bull's ear.  The pose in this painting is copied from an engraving by Fritz von Bayros Called Jupiter and Europa which is dated 1908, meaning that these paintings must be later than the Kronhausens maintained.  In Greek myth, Europa was abducted by Zeus in the form of a white bull.  The picture of Eve being licked by the deer is also very similar to an engraving by Bayros


Jupiter and Europa Fritz von Bayros (1908)




No Adam again, either, in this painting but that is obviously because Eve is having too much fun with her animal friends.  Here she bravely indulges in soixante-neuf with a leopard.




Here Eve has a piss while being watched by a giant snail and a crocodile.  The lack of Adam in these makes us think that, despite what the Kronhausens thought, these paintings may have nothing to do with Adam and Eve at all.




Like Andromeda on the rock here Eve is attacked by a mythical sea creature.  Well, perhaps assaulted is the wrong word as she appears quite happy to be penetrated by the sea-dragon's curiously feathered-looking penis.  Again this is in a much more polished style than some of the other paintings.




More reptilian adventures take place in this one as Eve is penetrated by the front horn of a triceratops.  Dinosaur pictures became very popular from the end of the nineteenth century with the reconstructions by Charles R Knight.




This one is populated by satyr like creatures and other strange amalgams of human and animal.  Several girls are being patently penetrated by the satyrs in this one.




The final picture recalls the work of Hieronymus Bosch.  We have a mermaid and merman copulating in the foreground but the figures in the centre right are the strangest.  A devil like man sucks his own cock and next to him a pregnant woman, with a vulva where her head should be, has penis tipped tentacles erupting from her and molesting another woman lying on a rock.

So these are a strange set of paintings of varying quality and style but they certainly feature plenty of al fresco sex.  The Kronhausens say they are painted by one anonymous artist but it seems strange that it is hard to find out any more about such a large series of paintings. Perhaps the whole set were a modern attempt in the seventies to paint nineteenth century style paintings. Maybe one of our readers knows more!

4 comments:

  1. I did not know the all set. Saw some of them on the Web. Very strange serie indeed. The one with the monkey gives the impression of a vast joke.

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  2. Maybe the 1908 Fritz von Bayros engraving is a copy of this earlier painting. Can we be certain who copied whom?

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  3. Bayros was very prolific and did some work in oils.These are obviously based on some of his works but possibly they are his own work. I would expect his work to be more meticulous but that might be the state of the paintings and the camera used to record them. Perhaps some expert restoration would show more detail.

    Here is an image of one of his oils, http://img.posterlounge.de/images/wbig/franz-von-bayros-ein-abend-bei-johann-strauss-1894-381475.jpg

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  4. "a friendly chimpanzee penetrates both her's and Adam's arseholes with his fingers."

    There's a sentence you don't see every day.

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