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• • • Being a journal by artist and designer John Coulthart, cataloguing interests, obsessions and passing enthusiasms.


Le Monstre


Continuing the theme of the fin de siècle feminine, there’s this bizarre (undated) piece by Marcel Lenoir representing…what? A witch? Some demoness? Or woman in general? Considering the often overt misogyny of the period, the latter interpretation is quite possible; there were more than enough artists prepared to see women as the foundation of all evil as well as place them on pedestals. In our post-Freudian age it’s impossible not to do a double-take at a picture of a bare-breasted woman gripping a pair of cocks…


Marcel Lenoir is yet another artist who receives scant attention online but I did find this nice magazine cover from an 1897 number of L’Image. There’s more splendid cover scans here.

Previously on { feuilleton }
The Divine Sarah
Carlos Schwabe’s Fleurs du Mal
The art of Philippe Wolfers, 1858–1929
The Masks of Medusa



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4 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Wiley


    Lovely as always.

  2. #2 posted by Thombeau



  3. #3 posted by diego


    bonjour ,
    cette lithographie representant le monstre de marcel lenoir, est- elle a vendre merci de me repondre……

  4. #4 posted by John


    Hi Diego. The Monstre is a scan from a book. I don’t have a copy to sell.






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