The Captivating Voyeurism of the French Doctor Jean Morisot
6 January 2021 

The Captivating Voyeurism of the French Doctor Jean Morisot

The obscure French artist Jean Morisot (1899 – 1967) was a doctor by profession who also produced risky drawings. He worked under the pseudonym Jean de Sauteval. A lot of his art has a voyeuristic starting point, cheerful and humorous, but from time to time Morisot doesn’t shy away from a grimmer atmosphere.

jean morisot black lover doggy style

Fig.1.

Rowlandson

Little is known about the artist but his satirical erotic etches and engravings clearly show that Morisot is looking for provocation and radiate the same pleasure similar to that of the British caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson.

Bloody Glans

His subjects range from lesbian prostitutes (Fig.3), horny maids and butlers (Fig.2 and 7), demons (Fig.11), satyrs (Fig.13), witches (Fig.6), a Pierrot performing cunnilingus to a young actress (Fig.9), and he also drew several versions on Leda and the Swan (Fig.14 and 20) and the flying phalluses with the bloody glans (Fig.5) recall Kyosai’s scroll (on the screen on the far right!) with the dancing bodyless costume and the elephant.

jean morisot initiation in the attic

Fig.2.

Interracial Love-Making

Morisot seems to be particularly fascinated with interracial love-making and includes references to the French colonial territories in Africa (Fig.16). Above and below you can find no less than 5 tantalizing examples of this exotic theme (Fig.1, 4, 18 and 24).

Jean Morisot lesbian

Fig.3.

jean morisot interracial lovemaking

Fig.4.

flying phalluses jean morisot

Fig.5.

jean morisot witch

Fig.6. ‘Witch‘ (1925)

Jean Morisot peeking butler

Fig.7.

Jean Morisot voyeur

Fig.8.

jean morisot clown cunnilingus

Fig.9.

Jean Morisot demon

Fig.10.

Jean Morisot rape demon

Fig.11.

jean morisot horny monkey

Fig.12.

satyr jean morisot

Fig.13.

jean morisot leda and swan

Fig.14. ‘Leda and Swan

Jean Morisot nude with skull on a battle field

Fig.15. (theremina.tumblr.com)

jean morisot black native rape

Fig.16.

jean morisot lesbian lovers and voyeur

Fig.17.

jean morisot black man at a masked ball

Fig.18.

jean morisot murderous barber

Fig.19.

leda and the swan

Fig.20.

jean morisot tied female spanking

Fig.21.

jean morisot kidnap

Fig.22.

jean morisot lesbian orgy

Fig.23.

jean morisot interracial couple

Fig.24.

jean morisot phallus painter

Fig.25.

jean morisot intercourse

Fig.26.

jean morisot threesome

Fig.27.

jean morisot orgy

Fig.28.

jean morisot phallus floor

Fig.29.

jean morisot foursome

Fig.30.

jean morisot post coital

Fig.31.

jean morisot nude female

Fig.32.

jean morisot skeleton with nude model

Fig.33.

Click HERE to check out vintage erotic pics of interracial love-making…!!

Some of the pics are from https://vintagefetishart.com/

What do you think about Morisot’s erotic work? Leave your reaction in the comment box below….!!

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.
JB
By

JB

on 6 January 2021

I agree that Morisot was most likely out to shock and provoke with his art, rather than titilate. The actors in his illustrations are often shocked and surprised. There's often a third party present, sometimes more than one; sometimes this voyeur is also shocked, others amused. Since doctors used in many cases to become people's confidants, did his illustrations become the outlet to share, or just process some of those stories! Some at least seem to be just that. Fig. 2 touches upon another theme that is, well, touchy: sexual awakening or initiation, with children depicted involved in a sexual act. Sometimes an adult is involved, other times children are depicted interacting with each other, exploring. Von Bayros, of all artists, was probably the most prolific in this area, and there is never a hint of any of it being abuse or exploitation, just play. Figs 5, 9 and 25 on this page are my favorite.

Marijn
By

Marijn

on 6 January 2021

Thanks for sharing your nice insights on Morisot's work and the interesting reference to Von Bayros's preferred themes JB. Among my favorites is Fig.9 which is most likely a critical remark to the colonial activities of France in which the 'black man' gives them a taste of their own medicine.

JH
By

JH

on 6 January 2021

Am I really being a prude in saying that a few too many of these strike me as blatantly racist? The fear and apprehension on the women's faces seem to correlate to the skin color of the men pretty closely.

Marijn
By

Marijn

on 6 January 2021

Thanks JH. It's all in the eye of the beholder.I have to disagree. Like JB remarked above the scenes are only play. When I study Morisot's other work, his integrity becomes clear to me. He is not trying to put the exotic male protagonists in a bad light. The women are not frightened of the skin color but rather overwhelmed by these imposing lovers (perhaps with the exception of Fig.9 which has a different starting point!).

JB
By

JB

on 6 January 2021

Interesting comment, yet, I believe it misses the point. Artists in general reflect the mores of their times, exception maybe to be made to propagandist "artists" (ex., living under oppressive, totalitarian regimes, fascism, socialism-communism.) I see more lust and surprise --- look at the size of that phallus in fig. 24!, --- than anything else. To quote an old black friend of mine, "Once you go black, you can't go back!" It's not gospel, of course. As a doctor, Morisot probably did lend a sympathetic ear to many of his patients in "confession;" his illustrations are a mix of imagination, humour and curiosity. Fig. 16 is taking place in a native's hut, but notice the sculptures to the left, with erect phalluses. What's the story here? The white lady was charmed by the black artist, and wondered if his maleness was as endowed as the sculptures, so, succumbs to his charms... Just to find herself gasping for breath.... Or is it a scene of rape? Black savage kidnaps white gal from her plantation, and decides to go hard on her? Or.... Maybe.... Well, like Marijn said, it's maybe all in the eye of the beholder. But french erotica is full of interracial encounters, between white folk, blacks, north african Bedouins, Arabs, etc. I don't see racism in any of it, just a portrait of varied situations resulting from cultures crossing paths.

Marijn
By

Marijn

on 7 January 2021

You're absolutely right. It is a bit of a hobby-horse of mine but IMHO it is a characteristic of appealing art that it evokes a certain degree of ambiguity. The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife has also long been thought to be a rape scene. Anyway, I hope more information about Morisot will emerge in the future as he is an interesting artist.

Moira
By

Moira

on 16 May 2021

I don't think you're wrong at all, maybe the administrators of this site should reconsider putting them in a better context than "interracial relationships". If Morisot was actually interested in portraying them, then why not draw them like he does the white characters. Anyone knows how racism looks like if they've grown up around it and this is racism. And the argument of "They're a work of their time" falls short when you consider the fact a lot of people even during "olden times" knew what racist caricatures were, just look into history. An example would be the international reaction to Leopold II's crimes

Marijn
By

Marijn

on 16 May 2021

Thanks Moira. It's always fascinating to see the varying opinions and perceptions when looking at the same work(s). To be honest, I don't see the distinction between how Morisot portrays 'white' and 'black' characters. In the unpleasant scenes (those of rape), for example, it is always 'white' figures that dominate the illustrations. Perhaps you could call him a misanthropist even sooner, which I don't think he is either. Which denomination in this context would cover the subject better in your opinion, 'politically incorrect relationships'? I am curious to know, do you consider Mark Twain a racist for his repeated use of the word 'nigger' in his novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

JB
By

JB

on 16 May 2021

Moira, most of what we see is in the eye of the beholder. Take a closer look at ***all*** pictures and you will see that both black and white characters, male and female, are somewhat caricatural. And males, are in many cases domineering. The expressions are in those cases somewhat "demonic" if you get what I mean. The women are often being overpowered and look scared, but there are several exceptions. That walk among the phalluses is dreamy. Fig. 27 shows a threesome, and the black male performing cunnilingus is definitely pleasing his lady, her expression is of pure ecstasy, not fear. One can see racism anywhere if one wants. Is it there? Same with pornography: I know many people for whom any depiction of nakedness is pornographic, and I'm talking about ANY, even Ruben's nudes, let alone an erect phallus, sexual intercourse, felatio or cunnilingus. I don't see any racism here, but I see a lot of lust, hunger, pleasure and desire, and more. As with everything, everyone's mileage varies, and it's all mostly in the eye of the beholder.

Karen
By

Karen

on 6 January 2021

Quite an interesting article, so nice to see this artist featured on your website. Thanks for referring to my site. Karen

Marijn
By

Marijn

on 6 January 2021

You're welcome Karen!

Dan Z
By

Dan Z

on 21 January 2021

It’s interesting that in the first picture an opium smoking layout including an opium pipe and lamp is visible. Virtually all French literature from French Indochina mention opium use.

Marijn
By

Marijn

on 22 January 2021

Thanks a lot for the additional info Dan. Very perceptive!

Place comment

Do you already have a copy of our coveted eBook ?