Thursday, 11 October 2012

Off His Tits

Henry Fuseli, aka "The Mad Swiss" was really a British artist of Swiss origin, who ended up in this country after what has been euphemistically called 'a disagreement with local magistrates' back home.

His visions of the supernatural and their conflation with sexual fantasies must surely have been an inspiration for the incubus scene in David Rudkin and Alan Clarke's production of Penda's Fen, part of the BBC's good old Play for Today series. I don't think his predilection for 'fantasy art' made Fuseli worthy of the epithet 'mad'; daft or silly might be better. He certainly had an impressively filthy imagination.
The Nightmare, 1781

The Nightmare, 1790-1
Symplegma of a man with two women, 1809-10

Brunhilde Observing Gunther, Whom she has Tied to the Ceiling, 1807

Kalliipygos: Woman raising her dress before a mirror console with phallic supports, 1810-20

Symplegma of a bound naked man and two women, with a study of a face below, c.1770-78
Ithyphallic Man with Two Women with Elaborate Hairstyles, c.1822-30

1 comment:

  1. Before turning to goth smut, he was a priest. Trivia: Here in Switzerland, we call him not Fuseli but Füssli, which means little foot.

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