Thursday, December 27, 2012


Abandoned by the French painter Guillaume Seignac (1870 - 1924).

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Nice Watercolor

A watercolor nude by the Scottish painter William Russell Flint (1880 - 1969).

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Harem Bath

Harem Bath by the French painter Théodore Chassériau,(1819-1856).

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Horny Monk

Nun and Monk (1591) by the Dutch Golden Age painter Cornelis Corneliszoon van Haarlem (1562-1638). A highly anti clerical painting from the time of the Reformation.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

One More Classical Nude

The Gates of Dawn by the British painter Herbert James Draper (1863 – 1920).

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Reclining Nude

Reclining Nude by the Italian painter Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931). It looks so impressive easy!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Study in Red

An impressive watercolor study in red by the Hungarian born artist William Andrew ("Willy") Pogany (1882-1955).

Monday, November 5, 2012

Sweet Harem Girls

Two Oriental Ladies (1854) by the Belgian painter Nicaise de Keyser (1813-1887).

Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Child of Nature

Maraba (1882) an Indian legend by the Brazilian painter Rodolfo Amoedo (1857-1941).

Saturday, October 20, 2012


Sappho Going to Bed (1867) by the Swiss painter Charles Gleyre (1806-1874)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Leda with the Swan

Leda by the great Austrian Art Nouveau painter Gustav Klimt (1862–1918).

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Women on Red

A really great pin-up from the American artist Mayo Olmstead (born 1925).

Monday, September 24, 2012


An Odalisque by the Croatian art nouveau painter Blaise Vlaho Bukovac (1855-1922) who was specialized in orientalist subjects.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Nice Nude

Another nude by the Hungarian American painter Pal Fried (1893–1976) who produced them in series.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Jungle Girl

Jungle Girl by the Peruvian painter Alberto Vargas (1896 –1982). A great pin-up in the best art-deco manner.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Harem Dreams

Inspection of New Arrivals (1917) by the Italian orientalist painter Giulio Rosati (1858-1917). These harem dreams explain quite well why oriental paintings were so popular.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Drunk Bacchante

A Drunk Bacchante (1882 ) by the French painter Adolphe Alexandre Lesrel (1839-1929). Bacchantes were also a common excuse to paint nudes in the 19th century.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Pretty Girl

Nude girl by the American artist Edwin Georgi. (1896 – 1964). Georgi did normally illustrations for advertisings and some pin-ups as it still could be seen.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Primordial Pin-Up

After the Bath (1894) by the French academic painter Adolphe William Bouguereau (1825-1905). A perfect nude though and in its days it was considered great art. But from a more modern perspective it looks like a primordial pin-up, same style, same pose, same perfection.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Two Wildcats

Cleopatra (1939) by the great American Art Deco artist Rolf Armstrong (1889-1960).

Monday, July 16, 2012

Historical Nude

Isabelle and Orleans (1938) a gorgeous historical nude by the great Australian erotic painter Norman Lindsay (1879-1969).

Sunday, July 8, 2012

A Harem Beauty

A Harem Beauty or an odalisque by the French painter Adrien Henri Tanoux (1865-1923) who was specialized in Orientalist subjects.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Tepidarium

A Roman nude in "The Tepidarium" (1881) by the Dutch-English painter Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836 – 1912).

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Fair Model

Fair Model a nice watercolor by the French painter Louis Icart (1888-1950).

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Diana Hunting

Diana Hunting by the Austrian painter Hans Makart (1840-1884).

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Cheesy Bathers

Two Bathers by the French painter Alphonse-Étienne Dinet (1861- 1929). Cheesy kitsch as usual.

Monday, May 28, 2012


A gorgeous cover by the great American illustrator Robert McGinnis (born 1926).

Sunday, May 20, 2012


Chianti by the American artist Fritz Willis (1907-1979). Rapidly and easy as usual.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mannerist Susanna

Susanna and the Elders by the Italian Mannerist painter Alessandro Allori (1535–1607). More a study about movement.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Neo Rococo Kitsch

Love attacks by the French Acadmic painter Guillaume Seignac (1870 - 1924).

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Comic Bacchante

A bacchante by the Italian comic book writer and artist Milo Manara (born 1945). Manara is here quoting traditional academic paintings of the 19th century.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Modern Bather

In the Bath by the Italian painter Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931).

Monday, April 9, 2012

Gorgeous Bathsheba

David and Bathsheba (1562) by the Flemish manierist painter Jan Massys (1509-1575). A great example that already in the 16th century nude painting could be highly erotic. Kind of perfect.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Diamonds the Best Friends

Probably a cover illustration by the Brazilian artist José Luiz Benício da Fonseca (born 1936). Benício did a lot of illustrations for novels, cinema and advertising but probably he is best known for his covers for spy novels which look a little James Bond inspired.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Nude With a Veil

Nude With a Veil (1883) by the French painter Albert Aublet (1851 - 1938). It’s one of these typical fantasy bathing scenes, maybe in an oriental harem or somewhere in classical Rome or Greece or probably in a modern brothel.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Panther Girl

An amazing pulp cover from the golden Twenties by the American illustrator Margaret Brundage (1900-1976). Brundage did a lot of covers illustraion for Weird Tales. This highly stylized and simplified painting proves her great talent.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Oriental Esther

Esther Preparing Herself to Meet King Ahasuerus La Toilette d'Esther (1841) by the French Neoclassical painter Théodore Chassériau,(1819-1856). Despite the exotic oriental subject the clear lines of Neoclassical art are still dominant.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Straightforward Nude

A watercolor by the Scottish painter William Russell Flint (1880 - 1969). It’s so easy, straightforward done. I think he was one of the best.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Pulp Odalisque

Here another example by Robert McGinnis. It shows not only his passion for endless legs but also a kind of modern interpretation of 19th century orientalist paintings.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Exotic Cleopatra

Cleopatra (1865) Italian painter Mosè Bianchi (1840-1904). Despite the subjects pretends to be historical Bianchi painted much more a typical oriental harem scene

Monday, February 20, 2012

Three Graces

The Three Graces (c. 1763) by the French Rococo painter Carle or Charles-André van Loo (1705–1765). Pure decoration but obvious how much modern pin-up artists owe to Rococo art.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Erotic Back

One of these highly elegant and erotic women by the American artist Fritz Willis (1907-1979).

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Exotic Slave

The White Slave (1894) by the British artist Ernest Normand (1859-1923), who was specialized in historical nudes. Here his main concern was the exotic outlook, ancient architecture, oriental costumes and landscape and … in the center the exotic woman.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Drinking Nymph

A nymph drinking at a spring (1907) by the German painter Ferdinand Keller (1843-1922). Keller started as a typical Romantic painter and moved later on to Art Nouveau and Symbolism, which is evident in this painting.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Kind of Pin-Up

Another nude by the Hungarian American painter Pal Fried (1893–1976). Fried did so much of this kind that it looks to me much more like a good pin-up production. But anyway a nice painting.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Pulp Cover

A mysterious, seductive woman by the American artist Ron Lesser, who did a lot of covers for thrillers and western.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Oriental Jewish Girl

Jewish Girl in Tangiers by the French Orientalis Painter Charles Landelle (1821-1908).

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Gothic Lady

Moonblade by the American artist Gerald Brom (born 1965). Brom is a recent painter well known in the gothic and fantasy scene. The strong influences of neo-classical art and Orientalism is obvious.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Harem Beauty

A Harem Beauty (1899) by the Spanish painter Francisco Masriera y Manovens (1842-1902). Masriera y Manovens was specialized in historical and oriental subjects, his main issue was something exotic.