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The art of Mihály Zichy, 1827–1906


The Triumph of the Genius of Destruction (1878).

A Hungarian artist with a flair for the pandemoniac, as can be seen from this lurid anti-war painting. Zichy is also known today for Love, a series of erotic etchings produced in the 1870s. These may or may not include the masturbating male at the end of this post, attributed to Zichy and included here for curiosity value. Masturbating women are a common sight in drawn or painted porn, men far less so unless the artists were gay. In a similar vein, there’s this picture.


Demon: sketch for The Triumph of the Genius of Destruction (1878).


Falling stars (1879).


Love (187?).

Previously on { feuilleton }
The art of Luis Ricardo Falero, 1851–1896
The art of ejaculation
Angels 4: Fallen angels
The art of Vasili Vereshchagin, 1842–1904
The apocalyptic art of Francis Danby



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7 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Thombeau


    Ha! I love that picture of the wanking boys!

  2. #2 posted by John


    It’s another odd one, isn’t it? Makes me think that the title of that series, Love, was intended as a summation of human sexual experience in general, rather than being mere porn. In that respect it’s quite unusual, especially considering the period.

  3. #3 posted by Denise Bennerman


    You couldn’t say she’s gay now could you?

  4. #4 posted by Bill


    What is the title an artist of the wanking boys?

  5. #5 posted by John


    The artist is Mihály Zichy but I don’t know the title. It’s from this set.

  6. #6 posted by John Pollard


    I have the full book of Zichy from a late friend. (the limited edition at the turn of the last century.)
    Any ideas who may be interested in it?
    Cheers, JP

  7. #7 posted by Michael Ian


    Hej John,

    What condition is the book?

    I would be interested.







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