Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Adoration of Angelique

Mikael Bourgouin (b. 1982, Lyon) is a French illustrator and painter who graduated from Emile Cohl school. 

He is best known for his collaborative work with the comic writer,Thierry Gloris in illustrating the Codex Angelique (2006 series), a mysterious tale of the occult set in the Paris of the Belle Epoque, published by Delcourt.

Using a sumptuous acrylic painting style, Bourgouin draws his influences from American and English authors such as Ashley Wood, Dave McKean, Kent Williams and James Jean.

i love the submissive pose of the worshipping anonymous male entwined within the flowing gown of the dance-like figure of Angelique in this dramatic example of his artwork.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Of Love For The Goddesses

In this painting called Chivalry Dying of Love for the Goddesses, five dying or dead young men, dressed in full black armour without their helmets, are lying in a ditch.
Above them is a triumphant procession of Roman Goddesses bearing their attributes. Juno is accompanied by two peacocks; Minerva wears a helmet and breastplate and is carrying a spear; a nude Venus is accompanied by doves and winged cherubs; Ceres is shown with a sheaf of corn on her shoulder and a sickle at her waist; her daughter, Proserpina, is pale after years spent underground; Flora is scattering flowers; Diana is with two greyhounds; Iris holds her arms aloft, and Hebe pours wine into a goblet.

The picture is by Eleanor F. Brickdale (1871 - 1945), a well- respected English illustrator and painter of her day. Specialising in allegorical painting, her works were styled in the manner of the Pre-Raphaelites, such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti or William Holman Hunt, and using vibrant jewel-like colours. She is credited with reviving the Pre-Raphaelite style of painting at the end of the 19th century and was considered “the last survivor of the late Pre-Raphaelite painters”.

Brickdale was very successful as an artist. She worked as both a commissioned painter and a commissioned illustrator from her studio in Kensington for more than 30 years. Tragically, her career was cut short when she suffered a stroke in 1938 and could not paint for the remaining 7 years of her life. Today, her paintings are to be found in the collections of several British museums.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Web of the Sorceress

i am truly indebted to the indomitable Mistress Sidonia of the renowned English Mansion website for recently sharing this erudite and interesting piece at her femdom blog on the intriguing historical figure of Sidonia von Bork (or Borcke), whose name she adopted for her own prodom pseudonym.

“Sidonia von Bork (1548 - 1620) was one of the first Femme Fatales of English literature. She was a Pomeranian noblewoman (an area on the Baltic sea coast, today part-Germany, part-Poland) who was tried and executed for witchcraft.

She soon, however, became the stuff of legends and in the 19th century was featured in many works of fiction, most famously Wilhelm Meinhold’s gothic romance 'Sidonia the Sorceress' translated into English by Oscar Wilde’s mother Lady Wilde (1849).

The novel is set in 16th century Pomerania and chronicles the life and crimes of the evil but captivatingly beautiful Sidonia, who loves cruelty and spends her days tormenting men. She becomes an all-powerful ‘medusa’ figure who gains her power from making the men she seduces sterile – until her eventual downfall.

The book was hugely popular in the UK and was one of the first explorations of a wicked sexually forceful woman. It was highly regarded by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and she became the subject of many paintings, most famously 'Sidonia von Bork', 1860 by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones.

In the painting, we see her in profile lost in her thoughts plotting her heinous plans. The pattern of her gown is an intricate tangled web and there is a spider at the bottom of the painting both symbolising her power to entrance and ensnare those around her.”

Mistress Sidonia also shared a stunning portrait of herself as Sidonia von Bork by the doyen of femdom art, Sardax. A homage to the original Burne-Jones painting, the artist also uses the arachnid theme and tangled gown pattern to symbolise a woman who can ensnare men in her web, and like the black widow may discard them when she has finished with them.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Woman As Deity

This striking oil painting featured as cover art for the American weekly satirical magazine, Judge, dated May 1815. Known variously as Woman As Deity or Idol Worship, and portrayed in the fashionable social scene of the time, it was created by the painter, sculptor and etcher, Walter Dean Goldbeck (1882 - 1925).

Active in New York and Missouri, Goldbeck was best known for his portrait, genre paintings, and illustrations. As well as painting portraiture and commercial art, he flirted with Modernism in some of his fine art paintings.

In a career that lasted into the 1930's, he was a somewhat nebulous figure who often missed deadlines and seemed to move his residence frequently due to his neglect in dealing with such mundane tasks as paying rent.

Not much of his original work has survived. His career ended abruptly when he took his accumulated paintings and burned them. He painted for himself until his death.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Female-Centric Pulp Art

A Sunday morning selection of some of my favourite female-centric vintage pulp art covers for your enjoyment.

The Damnation of Adam B

~ R. A. Maguire

~ Charles Willeford

~ R. A. Maguire

Dance Macabre for Vampire: Requiem ~ White Wolf


Woman With Whip ~ Harry Schaare

Satan is a Woman ~ Barye Phillips

Bed of An Empress ~ Victor Kalin

The Brass Halo ~ R. A. Maguire