Peter Johann Nepomuk Geiger (1805-1880) was a prominent artist from Vienna, Austria. Coming from a lineage of sculptors, he was initially going to follow the family tradition but his talent for the two-dimensional arts eventually caused him to become a prolific painter and lithographer.
Although Geiger produced numerous illustrations of historical works and poetry, such as for Goethe, Friedrich von Schiller, William Shakespeare, and Anton Ziegler’s ‘Vaterländischen Immortellen (Immortals of the Native Land)’, as well as oil paintings for the Austrian royal family, he is mainly remembered for his erotic drawings as they were not expected from a court painter.
Geiger ‘s most creative period came when he returned from a trip to the East that he undertook together with Maximilian I of Mexico in 1850. In that period he also illustrated oriental life and designed a set of banknotes. In 1853 he became a professor at the Vienna Art Academy. The historical precision and passionately rendered details earned him the reputable title “Austrian Menzel”. Works by Geiger are part of the Austrian National Gallery, the Berlin National Gallery and other public collections.
The following erotic water colors (in which he often mocks the Catholic Church) are terrific examples of Geiger’s ingenuity and his knowledge of human behavior. They were produced around 1840…
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