The Erotic Genius of the French Illustrator Albert Dubout
Marijn Kruijff
6 min

The Erotic Genius of the French Illustrator Albert Dubout

6 min

Humor as a way to escape fear for a while. This was the medicine for the French illustrator Albert Dubout (1905-1976) to weaken his inner demons. Dubout, born in Marseille and who graduated at the fine arts school in Montpellier, developed a consciously simplistic and modern technique which was strongly influenced by early American comics.

picture of Albert Dubout

Fig.1. Albert Dubout (1955)

De Balzac and Voltaire

He enjoyed success over quite a few decades, starting in 1924 with cartoons for magazines like Le Rire Satirix, Éclats de Rire, L’Os Libre, Marianne, Ici Paris and Paris-Soir. In the 30s and 40s Dunout was much in demand for movie (in particulart hose of Marcel Pagnol) and theater posters. Unlikely as it seems he also illustrated classics of literature by the likes of Cervantes, Molière, Rabelais, De Balzac and Voltaire.

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Fig.2. ‘Kama Soutra‘ (1973)

Dubout Couple

His comical drawings contain humorous characters in absurd situations. One of the best-known examples of this is so-called Dubout couple (Fig.1) consisting of a giant, Rubenesque, dominating, grumpy wife with a tiny, woeful and mustachioed spouse by her side.

Dubout couple

Fig.3. ‘Couple à la Dubout

Suzanne Ballivet

When Dubout separated from his first wife Renée in 1940, he started spending time with Suzanne Ballivet (1904-1985), an artist he had known since his student days, and with whom he would collaborate a lot. They married in 1968.

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Fig.4. Illustration from the book ‘La Muse Libertine‘ (1957)

Special Facts

Besides illustrations, lithographs, Dubout also produced more than 70 oil paintings.

In 1953, Dubout received the Legion of Honour.

Dumout is known for his prolific cartoons and drawings of cats (Fig.5).

Albert Dubout cats


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Fig.6.  ‘Justine‘ (1976)

Albert Dubout chained girl

Fig.7.  ‘Justine‘ (1976)

Albert Dubout silhouettes

Fig.8.  ‘Justine‘ (1976)

Albert Dubout tied woman

Fig.9. ‘Justine‘ (1976)

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Fig.10. ‘Justine‘ (1976)

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Fig.14. ‘Docteur Besançon‘ (1966)

Albert Dubout nude art

Fig.15. ‘Docteur Besançon‘ (1966)

Albert Dubout humour

Fig.16.  ‘Chansons de salles de garde‘ (1971)

Albert Dubout humor

Fig.17. ‘Docteur Besançon‘ (1966)

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Fig.18. ‘Docteur Besançon‘ (1966)

Albert Dubout prints

Fig.19. ‘Chansons de salles de garde‘ (1971)

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Fig.20. ‘Docteur Besançon‘ (1966)

Albert Dubout phallus

Fig.21.  ‘Justine‘ (1976)

Albert Dubout chained nude

Fig.22.  ‘Justine‘ (1976)

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alberrt dubout Kama Soutra

Fig.29.  'Kama Soutra ' (1973)

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Fig.30. 'Kama Soutra ' (1973)

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