The Seductive Pin Ups of the French Sculptor and Painter Alain Aslan
5 mei 2021 

The Seductive Pin Ups of the French Sculptor and Painter Alain Aslan

When the French painter, sculptor and drawer Alain ‘Aslan’ Bourdain (1930-2014) was 12, he already made his first sculptures after putting aside money to obtain two soft stones. The Bordeaux-born artist was admitted to “Les beaux-arts de Bordeaux” (school of fine Arts) two years later.

Alain Aslan Dalida

Fig.1. Bust  of ‘Dalida‘ (1997)

Great Talent

Very quickly, Aslan wins the first prize from the University of artistic Anatomy, and his great talent is also noticed by the painter Jean-Gabriel Domergue whose sponsorship ensures that he is admitted to the prominent L’école superieur des Beaux-Arts de Paris at the age of 16.

Brigitte Bardot as Marianne Aslan

Fig.2. Brigitte Bardot as ‘Marianne‘ (1970)

Madame Tussaud

During military service he sculpted a bust of the Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, and went on to create wax figures for Madame Tussaud’s in London and the Musée Grévin in Paris. He also illustrated children’s books (like Andersen’s Fairy TalesPinocchio), record sleeves, playing cards, calendars, book jackets and made designs for advertisements.

Alain Aslan and nude model

Fig.3. ‘Alain Aslan with a model in his atelier

LUI and OUI

His brother Michel, a successful illustrator and a specialist in pulp novel covers, got so overworked that when he was approached by the adult magazine LUI (and its sister title OUI) to do the monthly pin ups, he suggested Alain.

Monthly Pin Ups

This assignment that would eventually take no less than 18 years (1963-1981) provided the work that would make him most famous in France. His pin ups are drawn in a naturalistic style influenced by the Peruvian painter Alberto Vargas, whose pin-ups he had admired in Esquire and Playboy. They were also used on calendars for car manufacturers like Fiat, Peugeot, and Renault.

Alain Aslan and nude geisha

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Special Facts

In 1970 he made the famous bust of Brigitte Bardot as ‘Marianne‘ (Fig.2) for the Louvre Museum (over 20,000 sold and counting), followed by the Mireille Mathieu Marianne. He also sculpted Dalida’s funerary statue on her tomb from 1987, and her bronze bust placed on Place Dalida in 1997 (Fig.1).

In 2003, he received the prestigious Commandeur des Arts et Lettres award for his significant contribution to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance.

Alain Aslan nude girl in chair

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Alain Aslan kneeling nude

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Alain Aslan standing nude

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Alain Aslan standing from the back

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Alain Aslan nude with hat

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Alain Aslan afro american nude

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Alain Aslan a seductive pose

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Alain Aslan lying nude

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Alain Aslan nude art

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Alain Aslan nude

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Alain Aslan erotic model

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Alain Aslan erotic

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Alain Aslan

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Alain Aslan seduction

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Alain Aslan pin up

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alain aslam nude art

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Alain Aslan soapy pin up

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alain aslan pin up umbrella

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alain aslan erotic art

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alain aslan spanking

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alain aslan painting

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Alain Aslan pin up with flowers

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alain aslan flower

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You can learn more about Aslan on the artist’s site….!!

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About the author
Marijn is the founder of shungagallery.com. With more than 20 years of experience within the sensual and erotic art of shunga he is an authority in the genre. During this time he served many customers with complementing their art collection.
peter
By

peter

on 5 May 2021

Great art, great drawing, fine painting ! Technically faultless. Interesting man too (had to check him out further via his official website.)

Marijn
By

Marijn

on 5 May 2021

Thanks Peter, I've now included a link to Aslan's site!

peter
By

peter

on 5 May 2021

Thanks Marijn! Tried to respond via email but got blocked! And emails disappeared!

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