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.
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.
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.
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).
Fig.3. ‘Priapées‘ (1950)
Fig.5. ‘Douze images‘ (1930)
Fig.6. ‘Witch‘ from ‘Priapées‘ (1950)
Fig.7. ‘Priapées‘ (1950)
Fig.8. ‘Priapées‘ (1950)
Fig.9. ‘Douze images‘ (1930)
Fig.11. ‘Douze images‘ (1930)
Fig.12. ‘Douze images‘ (1930)
Fig.13. ‘Ex Libris‘
Fig.14. ‘Leda and Swan‘ ( ‘Ex Libris‘)
Fig.15. ‘Ex Libris‘ (theremina.tumblr.com)
Fig.16. ‘Priapées‘ (1950)
Fig.17. ‘Priapées‘ (1950)
Fig.18. ‘Douze images‘ (1930)
Fig.20. ‘Ex Libris‘
Fig.25. ‘Ex Libris‘
Fig.27. ‘Priapées‘ (1950)
Fig.28. ‘Douze images‘ (1930)
Fig.29. ‘Douze images‘ (1930)
Fig.30. ‘Priapées‘ (1950)
Fig.31. ‘Priapées‘ (1950)
Fig.32. ‘Ex Libris‘
Fig.33. ‘Ex Libris‘
Fig.34. ‘Ex Libris‘ (honesterotica.com)
Fig.35. ‘Ex Libris – Ninon‘
Fig.36. ‘Ex libris‘
The following three illustrations are from a late clandestine title ‘Les Putains Ou le Traite des Perversions‘ that also includes work from other artists…
Fig.37. (Source: parisolympiapress.com/)
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Fig.39. (Source: parisolympiapress.com/)
Fig.40. 'Ex-Libris - Ninon ' (1950s)
Fig.43. La guirlande de Priape (The Garland of Priapus) (1933)
Fig.44. La guirlande de Priape (The Garland of Priapus) (1933)
Fig.46. Ex-Libris (1955)
Fig.47. Douze Images (1930)
The pencil drawings and sketches below Morisot produced privately and were never published, are wonderful examples of his broad erotic imagination.
Emphasis on Bondage
The scenes, some drawn on stationery that read: "Docteur Jean MORISOT, 40, rue Godot-de-Mauroy, Paris 8e", show the artist's ability to evoke an erotic tension just through the facial expressions and poses of the protagonists, making it easy for us as viewers (voyeurs!) to follow the story.
Fig.48. Erotic drawing
Fig.49. Erotic drawing
In the exclusive Premium version of this article you can discover many more enticing images including some rare ones from the book Frénésie (1948) for which Morisot made the illustrations, and also another article including no less than 86 very rare erotic drawings that he drew privately and were never published.
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