Erotic depictions of women in drawing, painting, sculpture and photography from the dawn of man to the present.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cycling Venus 1

We apologise for the lack of updates of late but we are spending all of our spare time watching the Tour de France.

Here is something appropriate in the meantime...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Bastille Day Venus: Isabelle Chaudieu, Miss France 1985

It's Bastille Day today, when all our French cousins have the day off, drink Champagne and watch the Tour de France.  What more Gallic way to celebrate than presenting a Miss France from the past (surely one of the more difficult beauty contests to win).  In this case we have the notorious Isabelle Chaudieu who took the title on December 27th 1984, just four days short of her eighteenth birthday.

"What a lovely, young example of French womanhood," everyone must have thought of the pretty Miss Cote d'Azure.  "I wonder what she looks like without her swimsuit?" thought many others.  Unfortunately for Isabelle's reign as Miss France ,they were soon to find out.  The following month Lui magazine's February issue was published and featured her in a set of pictures demonstrating exactly that.  They didn't exactly hide her away either but splashed her all over the cover.

Lui February 1985

Now, quite often Lui's nudes were very tasteful and surely wouldn't offend anyone.  However, some of Isabelle's shots displayed her seventeen year old pussy in rather too much graphic detail.  

Carole Tredille becomes the replacement Miss France in February 1985

On 31st January 1985, just over a month after taking the title, she was removed as Miss France and replaced by the runner up in the competition, 18 year old Miss Savoie, Carole Tredille.  She wan't the first Miss France to be dethroned because of nude pictures.  Just two years earlier, another Isabelle, this time Turpault, had lost her crown for pictures (which were a lot less graphic then Mlle Chaudieu's) which appeared in Paris Match.

UK Penthouse 1986

Freed from the confines of being Miss France, which she did not enjoy and complained that she wasn't making as much money as she had as a model, Isabelle went on to appear in many other men's magazines of the time, including a memorable set in British Penthouse in 1986.  We will examine her in a lot more detail in another post.

Carole Tredille enjoys herself

Ironically, her replacement, Mlle Tredille would go on to be even more notorious, not only appearing in the same sort of magazines as Mlle Chaudieu but then going on to have a brief hard core career (fortunately after her time as Miss France).

Mlle Tredille makes Sig Rocco Siffredi's day

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Venus by Rolf Armstrong

 Venus (1934)

Rolf Armstrong (1889-1960), another of the great American pin-up artists, was born in Bay City, Michigan but moved with his family, first to Detroit and then Seattle in 1903, following the death of his father.  He moved to Chicago at the age of nineteen.  He attended the Art Institute there but then continued his studies in New York and then Paris.  By the early twenties he was painting pictures of Ziegfeld Folies girls.  Always interested in the technical side of printing, to ensure the most faithful reproductions of his paintings possible, he went to study calendar production at famous calendar publisher Brown & Bigelow and by 1927 was their best selling calendar artist.  

Armstrong produced two versions of the picture, including this rather looser pastel which sold for $17,000 in 2005.  Artists producing calendars at this time were usually allowed one nude per twelve months and this sleek image of a waterside girl is obviously Armstrong's offering for that year.

Rolf Armstrong and model

Always working from models, he also painted portraits of many top Hollywood stars in the twenties and thirties and his cover paintings for Pictorial Review and Photoplay were considered instrumental in boosting the magazines' circulations..  To get the best possible light he often painted his subjects outside. 

Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July Venus: Tish Howard

As it's the Fourth of July today we thought we would like to celebrate the fact that America took many of our misfits, reprobates and religious maniacs from our shores over the years and made Great Britain a better place.

So here is Miss July (appropriately) 1966, Tish Howard, who was born on 4th July 1946, making her just nineteen when these pictures of her were taken.  Tish was from a wealth family who had several houses; one of which was in upmarket Holmby Hills in Los Angeles; which would soon become the location of Playboy's Mansion West.  

Here is Tish in an unusally revealing shot for 1966.  It would have not been permitted in the magazine at the time, of course.   Tish (not her real name) was attending Mount St Mary's Catholic College at the time of her Playboy appearance where she was called in by the mother superior and asked to explain the centrefold picture.  She replied "Everybody thinks I look like that girl.  It's uncanny."  The mother superior was not fooled!

Anyway, happy July 4th to all our American readers.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Austrian Venuses for 8.5 million views

Heidi Becker, June 1961

We passed eight and a half million views last week and to celebrate we present Playboy's only Austrian Venuses, as Austria has a population of almost exactly 8.5 million.  Agent Triple P has travelled to Vienna quite a bit on business and had a holiday in the Tyrol a few years ago too, so can vouch for the loveliness of Austrian women.  It is rather surprising that Playboy has only had two Austrian Playmates, therefore, and these were a long time ago.   

Heide Becker, December 1979

First was Heidi Becker, born in Klagenfurt, for the June 1961 issue.  Twenty at the time of her pictorial, she proved to be a popular Playmate and was featured in a retrospective in the December 1979 issue when she posed again at the age of 39.  Now living in California, she is seventy three. 

Susan Denberg

The second Austrian Playmate, Susan Denberg, was actually born in Bad Polzin in Germany (now Polczyn-Zdr√≥j, Poland) as Dietlinde Zechner in 1944 and was the centrefold for Playboy's August 1966 issue.  Oddly, she grew up in Klagenfurt, birthplace of Heide Becker.   Initially a showgirl, she modelled and began an acting career appearing in the Hammer film Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) and a famous episode of Star Trek; Mudd's Women in 1966.

Peter Cushing with Denberg in Frankenstein Created Woman

Mysteriously, she disappeared from the public eye in 1967 and for many years was believed to have died of an overdose.  Later it was revealed that she was still alive and living back in Klagenfurt.  She is sixty-nine years old.