All About Love: The Lustful Circus In The Drawings Of Eugène Reunier
All About Love or Autour de l'amour, as originally entitled, is a portfolio consisting of 27 erotic illustrations produced in 1925. The images are accomplished in a manner of the erotic satire published in the men's magazines of that period, like La Vie Parisienne or Fantasio, yet they seem to be far more explicit, though in a humorous and elegant way. The set includes various intercourses of characters resembling the Commedia dell'arte masks. There are also scenes of flagellation and medicine fetish.
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Eugene Reunier is a pseudonym of a painter and printmaker born as Carl Breuer-Courth. Originating from Germany, he was initially apprenticed as a church artist and restorer and worked in Aachen, Düsseldorf, and Darmstadt. His other mentor was painter and illustrator Johann Vincenz Cissarz who produced murals and commercial graphics in Art Nouveau style. In 1906, Breuer joined the Stuttgart arts and crafts community and resided there for the rest of his life. The artist manifested his skills in many ways, for instance, as a children's books illustrator. Engaged in producing advertisements with sexy fairies of the 1920s, the artist eventually embarked on creating explicit erotica. In the 1930s, he became interested in photography, and the result was the fifteen nudes set, Enthüllte Schõnheit (Incomparable Beauty), in collaboration with August Sieberg and Stuttgart publisher Wilhelm Schöbel.
Fig. 9. Incomparable Beauty, 1940 (booklooker.de)
Fig. 10. Incomparable Beauty, 1940 (booklooker.de)
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Conceptually, the set is a carnival of female domination. Even if we look at the seraglio full of concubines, among whom there's a Japanese beauty with a shamisen, it feels like the sultan is a guest, if not a servant here. In one of the drawings, females are shown as witches riding phalluses (Fig.11). The most frequent sex pose is face sitting or a cowgirl position, which makes the woman, easy-going Columbina, a leading character. The male is rather Pierrot, Columbina's obedient admirer, than Harlequin, who usually comes to her as a seducer.
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