Item #1974 [ZICHY] Etudes de femmes. 12 facsimiles [i.e. Etudes of Women. 12 Facsimiles]. M. Zichy.
[ZICHY] Etudes de femmes. 12 facsimiles [i.e. Etudes of Women. 12 Facsimiles]
[ZICHY] Etudes de femmes. 12 facsimiles [i.e. Etudes of Women. 12 Facsimiles]
[ZICHY] Etudes de femmes. 12 facsimiles [i.e. Etudes of Women. 12 Facsimiles]
[ZICHY] Etudes de femmes. 12 facsimiles [i.e. Etudes of Women. 12 Facsimiles]
[ZICHY] Etudes de femmes. 12 facsimiles [i.e. Etudes of Women. 12 Facsimiles]

[ZICHY] Etudes de femmes. 12 facsimiles [i.e. Etudes of Women. 12 Facsimiles]

Item #1974

St. Petersburg: Imprimés à l'Expédition pour la Confection des Papiers de l'Etat: A. Beggrow, 1885. [2] pp., 12 lithographs mounted on cardboards. Folder: 47,5x31,5 cm. Lithographs: 23,8x20,1–29,3x20,3 cm. In the original illustrated cloth folder. Folder rubbed, with stains and some tears. Water stains on title leaf, rear side of folder. Pale water stains, some foxing and soiling on lithographs. Otherwise very good. A complete set of twelve lithographs. One of 300 copies. In French.

The first erotic collection by Hungarian and Russian artist Mihály Zichy (1827-1906). This painter and graphic artist came to Russia in 1847 and served at the court of four Russian emperors. In 1847, the artist was entrusted to accompany the family of Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich. After the death of the patron in 1849, the artist was distanced from the imperial court, for romance with a princess. In 1849-1953, Zichy suffered financial hardship. Delving deeper into Russian culture, Zichy met writers and artists. Having got close to Lermontov, the artist became interested in the Caucasus. Those places were a long-term inspiration for Zichy, despite foreigners weren't allowed to visit the Caucasus in the last years of Nicolas I rule, due to military actions. In 1852, the artist completed a series of lithographs with views of the Caucasus; the next year it was published and was a success. In 1855, Zichy contributed to the coronation book of Alexander II. In 1858, he was elected to the Academy of Arts. Court service was an honorable and profitable business, but extremely burdensome. He had to accompany the Emperor and members of the imperial family on trips, constantly attend royal hunts, and record palace holidays and court ceremonies in sketches. More than a thousand drawings and watercolors date back to this period of Zichy’s work, which depicted completely different events, both everyday and official. He captured balls, tremendous formal dinners, military parades, diplomatic receptions, theatrical performances, concerts, as well as births of new Grand Dukes, christenings, betrothals, weddings, funerals. Keeping in touch with contemporary artists and writers, Zichy illustrated works by Lermontov, Pushkin, Gogol and others. In 1874, the artist had retired and went to Europe, but returned to the Caucasus in 1881. In Tiflis he met representatives of the Georgian cultural elite and completed illustrations for the deluxe edition of The Knight in Tiger Skin (1887), after he was invited to the Russian imperial court again.

Alexander III ascended to the imperial throne in 1881 and Zichy was entrusted with the design of the coronation book (1883). Due to failure with large-scale painting in the Paris period (the 1870s), he gradually lost interest in painting, turning to graphics.

The artist made his debut in the genre of erotic drawings in the 1850s. However, Zichy was especially active in depicting erotic scenes in the 1880s. Alexander II and Alexander III essentially didn’t take any measures against it. Under Nicholas II, free morals reigned and, moreover, the fashion for pornography flourished, so Zichy’s erotic drawings became really popular. The first collection reproducing drawings of a nude woman came out in 1885. These twelve portraits were drawn in sanguine, showing the same woman in different postures and angles. In 1895, an enlarged collection of 58 sketches “Breviarium eroticum” was published. In total, Zichy created at least 160 erotic drawings.

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Price: $8,500.00

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