Contes Erotiques
OIL ON CANVAS. ORIGINAL SIZE 25x20 in

  • The Marquise de Sade wrote volumes about his daring study of the sphere where sensual pleasures, sex, and uncontrolled desire reign.
  • However, de Sade invented nothing; he just showed us ourselves. This is the naked truth.
  • For the artist, there are no unsolvable mysteries. He is occupied not with moralizing, but with beauty.
  • In nature, there is no dirty spot; only we have introduced this concept. According to Friedrich Nietzsche, "We have treated this 'dirt' too superficially."

The image reproduces the biblical theme of Susanna and the Old Men, in which artists from different epochs – Rembrandt, Goya, etc. – were interested. Here, the old men are the books that display a keen interest in the beauty secrets revealed to them by the woman.

You are a woman, you're a book of books,
You are a scroll furled up upon impression;
Its lines replete with words and ruminations,
And every instant's wild in its crooks.


Valery Brusov