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Monday, September 23, 2013

Georg Emanuel Opitz, Erotic Biedermeier Watercolours

Georg Emanuel Opitz (Czech, born in Prague, lived in Germany, 1775-1841)
Opitz was born in Prague (Pseudonym Bohemus). He was a pupil to Francesco Guiseppi Casanova -  Italian battle painter and a younger brother of Giacomo Casanova. His brother Philipp (Filip) Maximilian Opiz was an eminent forester and botanist. Georg Emanuel travelled extensively throughout Europe and finally settled in Leipzig in 1820. He was a skilled miniaturist, watercolourist and engraver and in his early years concentrated his talents on the lucrative practie of portraiture. Through his travels he then encountered many varied subjects and began to diversify into military and genre scenes.

The following works all date from around 1830 when Opitz was living in Leipzig and follow in the tradition of drawings that were being produced by Thomas Rowlandson in the first quarter of the nineteenth century and the erotic Japanese woodblock prints from the late eighteenth century by artists such as Utamoro.

All the watecolors are abou 22 x 17 cm.

La Repassence, Ironing

Couple embracing

Peeping Tom

The Deluge

Woman assisting a couple making love

Ecclesiastical and Secular

The Connoisseur

Blind Man's Buff

Vive la differance

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Sonetti Lussuriosi
The Sense of Smell, watercolour, 22.5 x 17 cm. (8 3/4 x 6 3/4 in.)
The tutor, watercolour, 21.5 x 16.5 cm. (8 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.)

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