Georg Emmanuel Opiz: Erotic Prints Allegedly Made by the Pupil of Casanova.
7 June 2021 

Georg Emmanuel Opiz: Erotic Prints Allegedly Made by the Pupil of Casanova.

The artist whose pictures we’re going to look at is Georg Emmanuel Opiz (1775-1841), a German painter and lithographer that signed his works as “Bohemus.” His most well-known work is the series of lithographs “Cossacks in Paris” (1814). Besides, he is supposed to be the author of near thirty erotic prints.

Georg Opiz, The Glutton art

Fig. 1. Georg Opiz, The Glutton, (Wikipedia.org)

From the Early Years to Becoming a Genre Artist

Georg Opiz was born into the family of the taxman Johann Ferdinand Opiz who also was a writer and an editor communicating with famous adventurer Giacomo Casanova. Initially, Georg Opiz studied as a lawyer, but several years later, in 1793, he moved to Dresden and started taking lessons at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts. His mentor was Giovanni Battista Casanova, the minor brother of Giacomo. The studies finished, Opiz went to Karlsbad, making his living by painting wealthy tourists. For the next seven years, he was traveling between Hamburg, Bremen, and Vienna and depicting the street life of these cities, which allowed him to become a genre artist. In 1805, Opiz settled in Leipzig with his wife and produced mainly portrait miniatures. After the Napoleonic wars, he spent some time in Paris, then returned to Leipzig. Here he worked for the magazine Urania, published by Brockhaus. It must be mentioned that Opiz wasn’t only a visual artist but also a writer. He specialized in romantic novels and historical narratives.

Georg Opiz, The Drunkard

Fig. 2. The Drunkard, (Wikipedia.org)

Georg Opiz, cheerful dinner party

Fig. 3. Cheerful dinner party (pinterest.com)

Faire l’amour à la Cosaque

In 1814, after the victory of the Sixth Coalition, Opiz arrived in conquered Paris to depict the Babylonian atmosphere of mixed cultures and languages. As can be seen from his lithographs published in 1819, Russian Cossacks, with their specific uniform, were the most exotic sight for Parisians, especially for females. The sexual appetite of this military community was reflected in the French idiom “faire l’amour à la cosaque” (“to make love in a Cossack’s way,” meaning quick fuck). In Opiz’s lithographs, the Cossacks are shown walking down the streets of Paris with Parisian women, bathing their horses in the Seine, visiting Louvre, and watching the caricatures on them.

Georg Opiz, Russian Officers

Fig. 4. Russian officers and a Cossack with a Parisian woman (Wikipedia.org)

Georg Opiz, Cossacks

Fig. 5. Cossacks accompanied by women (Wikipedia.org)

Georg Opiz,Cossacks bathing their horses

Fig. 6. Cossacks bathing their horses in the Seine (Wikipedia.org)

Georg Opiz, Cossacks visiting Louvre

Fig. 7. Cossacks visiting Louvre (Wikipedia.org)

Georg Opiz, Cossacks watching caricatures

Fig. 8. Cossacks watching caricatures (Wikipedia.org)

Erotic Set Attributed to Opiz

Sensual images attributed to Opiz are close to those by Achille Deveria and Peter Fendi. Pieces with copulating acrobats and dancers (fig. 11, 12) might belong to the latter as well. The image representing exploring kids with a shocked tutor standing behind the door (fig. 13) makes us recall Martin van Maële‘s “La grande danse macabre des vifs,” where kids discover their sexuality. Although the set of attributed pictures doesn’t include possible images of “l’amour a la cosaque,” which could indirectly prove the authorship of Opiz, his Parisian lithographs imply some erotic tension, especially those depicting Cossacks in the company of women. Neither had Opiz portrayed bathing affairs as one could expect considering his time in Karlsbad, nevertheless, this merry, postcard-looking set was ascribed to him. Another striking part of the attributed series is its’ humorous titles (Le Deluge; Vive la Differance, etc.). However, it remains unknown if they were given to the images by the author or later by someone else. All in all, Opiz very well might produce these drawings of joyful sex regarding his indirect connection to Giacomo Casanova.

Georg Opiz, the deluge

Fig. 9. The Deluge (blogspot.com)

Georg Opiz, vive la difference

Fig. 10. Vive la Differance (blogspot.com)

Georg Opiz, the dancing pair

Fig. 11. The dancing pair (blogspot.com)

Georg Opiz, acrobatic performance

Fig. 12. Acrobatic performance and excited crowd in the background (blogspot.com)

Georg Opiz, exploring kids and a tutor

Fig. 13. Exploring kids and a tutor (blogspot.com)

Georg Opiz, lesbian scene with Peeping Tom

Fig. 14. Lesbian scene with peeping Tom (artnet.com)

Georg Opiz, observing the vulva

Fig. 15. Observing the vulva (blogspot.com)

Georg Opiz, double penetration

Fig. 16. Double penetration (blogspot.com)

Georg Opiz male voyeurs watching lesbians

Fig. 17. Two males watching a lesbian scene and preparing to encounter (blogspot.com)

Georg Opiz the ironing

Fig. 18. The Ironing (blogspot.com)

Georg Opiz threesome with a vicar

Fig. 19. The threesome with a vicar engaged in a homosexual act while penetrating a woman (blogspot.com)

Georg Opiz erotic scene with a Peeping Tom

Fig. 20. The scene with peeping Tom (blogspot.com)

Georg Opiz erotic scene with a sleeping woman

Fig. 21. Man preparing to penetrate a sleeping woman (blogspot.com)

Georg Opiz aroused man and a sleeping woman

Fig. 22. Aroused man watching a sleeping woman (blogspot.com)

Georg Opiz intimate couple looking at the viewer

Fig. 23. The couple with a woman looking at the viewer (blogspot.com)

Georg Opiz an embraced couple

Fig. 24. An embraced couple close to a climax. Woman’s eyes are half-closed (blogspot.com)

Georg Opiz Blind Man's Buff

Fig. 25. Blind Man’s Buff (blogspot.com)

Georg Opiz the sense of smell

Fig. 26. The Sense of Smell (blogspot.com)

Georg Opiz woman assists copulating couple

Fig. 27. Woman assists copulating lovers (blogspot.com)

Georg Opiz urinating couple puts on a condom

Fig. 28. Urinating woman puts a condom on male genitalia (artnet.com)

Georg Opiz aroused woman watching lovemaking couple

Fig. 29. Aroused woman watching a copulating pair (blogspot.com)

Georg Opiz aroused threesome

Fig. 30. Threesome with a man and two women (blogspot.com)

Georg Opiz copulating couple with urinating toddler

Fig. 31. Man copulating with a woman while she is breastfeeding the urinating toddler (blogspot.com)

If you like Otiz’s enticing illustrations you’ll most probably also enjoy the Biedermeier erotica of his contemporary Peter Fendi …!!

Sources: Wikipedia.org; corquevols.blogspot.com; luaquebrada24x7.blogspot.com; artnet.com

Let us know what you think about Otiz work in the comment box below..!!

About the author
Darya is a philologist who lives and works in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. She is specialized in Russian literature.
Otto Akos
By

Otto Akos

on 7 June 2021

Very nice, special the acrobats. Peter Fendi has fantastic "zirkus" scenes as well. Humoristic, erotic and excellent craftmanship..

Darya
By

Darya

on 7 June 2021

You're right, these pieces are close to Fendi's. One of our recent articles was devoted to him.

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