From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Diableries érotiques (English: erotic devilries) is the title given to a series of lithographs by French artist Eugène le Poitevin, depicting devils and other diabolic creatures playing various tricks on young girls.
The first album of these lithographs was entitled Les diables de lithographies! (1832, English: Devilish lithographs):
- "The album, co-published in Paris by chez Aumont and in London by Charles Tilt, contains eighty illustrations on twelve black and white numbered lithographed plates, with two supplemental plates (Petits sujets des diableries manquent le plus souvent, nos. 19 and 26: Paris / London: chez Aubert / Charles Tilt, 1832) containing thirty-five illustrations; a total of fourteen plates with 115 illustrations."
- "Upon its publication, Les Diables de Lithographies was hugely popular, a sensational success that became en vogue, so much so that demand for further "devilries" became enormous. Le Poitevin quickly followed with Les diableries érotiques; Petits sujets des diableries; Bizarreries diaboliques; and Encore des Diableries. A. de Bayalos's Diablotins and Michel Delaporte's Récréations diabolico-fantasmagoriques continued in the genre that Le Poitevin established."
Penises and vaginas fly through the air
Remarkably, the write-up on Eugène le Poitevin in Erotic Art of the Masters the 18th, 19th, 20th Centuries Art & Artists (1974) by author and editor Bradley Smith notes:
- "penises and vaginas fly through the air like butterflies, are gathered in baskets and, personified, play games with adults and children."
This quote echoes the following by Deleuze and Guattari,
- "Flying anuses, speeding vaginas, there is no castration" (A Thousand Plateaus, 1980, p. 32).
List of prints