Erotic depictions of women in drawing, painting, sculpture and photography from the dawn of man to the present.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Masturbating Venus by Albert Marquet



This simple but sensual Indian ink line drawing is by the French artist Albert Marquet (1875-1947).  Born in Bordeaux, he moved to Paris at the age of fifteen, to attend the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs, where he was a roommate of Matisse, with whom he became a lifelong friend.   Although usually called a Fauvist. his paintings were less violent in colour and more naturalistic.  Based in Paris, he travelled widely to North Africa, Italy and Northern Europe, painting his favourite subject; rivers and coastal scenes.

He also painted some nudes and produced a number of erotic sketches, such as this masturbating girl.  We will look at his other erotic work on The Seduction of Venus another time.

Marquet's lady is well into the throes of passion here, her delicate frigging causing her to cover her eyes in ecstasy. 

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