At some point I discovered Julie Delcourt’s erotic French watercolors. I looked over one hundred erotic themed watercolors mostly of young women-late 20’s, looking both fresh and mature for all their salacious postures- or couples, or in a threesome. Or it was women with teenage looking young men again either as a couple or a threesome.
The theme of the vast majority of the watercolors were what one could call ‘enema-fetish (klismaphilia)’ and based on the lingerie, clothes, and hairstyles of the women involved it was reasonable to say they were done sometime near the end of the Weimar Republic. In other words, early 1930’s, Germany. But, what caught my attention, aside from the obvious taboo subject matter and Delcourt’s curious focus on such a singular fetish, was Delcourt’s disappearance.
Building War Planes
Julie Delcourt signs only two of her drawings and the rest of her work temporarily vanishes. It also changes. She begins to create propaganda postcards for the Nazi regime. Her postcards illustrate women working (the majority of the men are off fighting) in a wide range of jobs ranging from the building of war planes (like Rosie the Riveter in the US) to nursing to serving German soldiers hot soup in a cafeteria.
Glee or Merriment
The watercolor technique is stylized and the women’s faces are pretty. Typically, their smiles are modest, rouged, and express glee or merriment or the look is serious and attentive at the task at hand. Their faces can look pleasant and/or serious. There is also a hint of secret desire suggested in the subtle way the the women’s bodies are positioned: a leg crossed at a desk showing a wide patch of hip; pleasant and cheerful smiles expressing an eager desire to please, or an arm reaches up and the curve of a breast is discreetly exposed (Fig.3).
Nyloned curved legs in heels
The women are well-dressed if not modestly and physically always well- proportioned: narrow hips, elegant nyloned curved legs in heels (Fig.4), small balanced breasts, hair nicely done, and they are all painted with an idealized pretty face, a gleam in each eye. You need to pay attention to catch all of the subtle eroticism in the patriotic ‘working girl’ postcards.
Julie Delcourt or Gert Gagelmann
The women in the enema themed watercolors look and are painted in much the same manner but the erotic intent is obvious if not a little strange as far as kinks go. But, who in fact painted both types of watercolors? I was fascinated to learn Julie Delcourt may actually be Gert Gagelmann, a male fashion graphic artist who was active both before and after the Second World War. Then there is the theory Gagelmann may have produced the enema themed watercolors in the 50’s for a private erotic art collector.
War Propaganda and Kink
I like the conflicting theories, the confusion surrounding the identity of the artist, the quiet understated erotic intent in one series of works and the obvious eroticism in the other, the paradox both impulses (war propaganda and kink) could exist in the same artist. The uncertainty surrounding the gender of the artist and how this effects our understanding (or does it?) of the work.
Fresh New Mistakes
The taboo art and propaganda work both beat in the same soul, heart, and spirit and he/she disappears. It inspires the desire for erasure in me. To discover another life out of the thousands there are to be choose from, to be a different artist, to be born again and make fresh new mistakes, reinvent oneself and escape the tired and the true, the correct and predictable artist she has become.
Holds the Erection
And finally, if one is honest with oneself, I am attracted to the women in both series. They appeal to order and at the same time disorder sitting just under the quaint blouse, the trim knee-length grey skirt, behind the long white Red Cross apron, or when a full dressed serious looking woman in bra and panties holds the erection of the young man in her hand and points it at the behind of another pretty woman who turns and smiles, lips pressed together in anticipation.
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