Relatively little is known about the artist we’re going to speak about in this article. Mario Tauzin (1909-1979) was born in Saint-Pardoux-Isaac, a village east of Bordeaux in western France. He gained international popularity with the works published in 1946. His artistic performance allowed his name to appear in many anthologies of erotic art. The artist is said to be a follower of shunga prints and Picasso‘s paintings.
Fig. 1. Doggy-style (pinterest.com)
Fig. 2. Missionary pose standing (pinterest.com)
Fig. 3. Girl with a Dog (conchigliadivenere.files.wordpress.com)
Forbidden to Adults
Eugene C. Burt states the following in his “Dictionary of Erotic Artists” (2010): “Mario Tauzin was a printmaker and painter active in the 1910s and 1920s in Paris. Said to be “obsessed with female form.” He is credited with saying that the female form is “the only subject worthy of being painted.” In 1945, he created an engraving series entitled “Forbidden to adults” as a protest over the closure of French brothels by the State.”
Fig. 4. Masturbating Girl (pinterest.com)
Fig. 6. “Forbidden to Adults” series, foreplay (conchigliadivenere.files.wordpress.com)
Fig. 7. Forbidden to Adults, fellatio (conchigliadivenere.files.wordpress.com)
Fig. 8. Threesome with cunnilingus (conchigliadivenere.files.wordpress.com)
Fig. 9. Threesome with fellatio (pinterest.com)
Fig. 10. Colored version of fig. 9. (conchigliadivenere.files.wordpress.com)
The Devil’s Whisper
Tauzin’s erotic drawings discovered in the 2010s became illustrations for Henri Breton’s (not to be confused with Andre Breton) collection of novels “The Devil’s Whisper and other Stories from the Captain’s Table.” This book is about a modern version of Don Juan, and the captain is not a real rank but only a nickname of the main character whose love affairs made him known in Marseille. His young English friend serves as a secretary of the erotic adventures. The text is described as “incredibly dirty, and not a little politically incorrect, containing scenes of lesbianism, group sex, whoring, and incest, so please be warned (eroticprints.org).” The harmonic lines of Mario Tauzin seem to be a perfect balance to the luscious scenes of exotic Mediterranean intercourses.
Fig. 11. Cover of Breton’s book (conchigliadivenere.files.wordpress.com)
These scarce works of erotic art were not only being discovered during the century but also reimagined by other artists, maybe, by Tauzin himself. The anonymous erotic album with easternized characters of his original designs was produced approximately between 1945 and 1950. According to some specialists, the printing technique could partially be engraving, as every image has an imprinted bamboo frame around it.
Fig. 12. Easternized version of fig. 4 (abebooks.de)
Fig. 13. Doggy-style with man standing (abebooks.de)
Fig. 14. Reversed cowgirl position (abebooks.de)
Fig. 15. Easternized version of fig. 9 (abebooks.de)
Bonne a tout faire
Breton’s book was not the only one to be published with Tauzin’s drawings as illustrations. The erotic novel “Bonne a tout faire” (“Good at everything“) anonymously published in 1959 contains works of the artist too: “A kind of unhealthy pleasure invaded me, and I did not know what I did. Suddenly, I made up my mind and, opening my mouth wide, I put the whole head of the thing that quivered in contact with my lips and tongue. Then, instinctively, I began to suck it, slowly, sometimes pushing it to the back of my throat and then withdrew, squeezing it between my lips […]. It gave me a strange sensation. I couldn’t move and was suffocating from the hot, gooey liquid. So, I swallowed everything (livre-rare-book.com).”
Fig. 16. Preparing for penetration (pinterest.com)\
Fig. 17. Missionary pose (abebooks.com)
Fig. 18. Lesbian sex scene (conchigliadivenere.files.wordpress.com)
Fig. 19. Lesbian sex scene with a mop as dildo (conchigliadivenere.files.wordpress.com)
Fig. 20. Threesome (conchigliadivenere.files.wordpress.com)
Fig. 21. Reversed cowgirl position (conchigliadivenere.files.wordpress.com)
Sources: Wikipedia.org, pinterest.com, honesterotica.com, eroticprints.org, amazon.com, abebooks.de, conchigliadivenere.wordpress.com, livre-rare-book.com, Eugene C. Burt “Dictionary of Erotic Artists”. 2010.
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