The Erotic Bondage Art of Georges Pichard

Pichard - "Ulysse"
In the annals (hee) of kinky comix, there are a few artists who stand head and shoulders above the crowd. Milo Manara needs no introduction, and we’ve discussed my love of Guido Crepax and John Willie in posts past. An artist who I feel doesn’t get nearly the adoration and (in)famy he deserves is French artist Georges Pichard.

Pichard began his career in 1946 with illustrations in mainstream publications, eventually moving into comic strips and then producing his first erotic work, “Blanche Epiphanie,” in 1967, beginning what would be a 40-year career in naughty books. Late in his life, he taught at l’Ecole des Arts Appliques in Paris (where he had been a student). Pichard died in 2003, leaving the world with a tremendous legacy of erotic art.

Pichard - "Marie Gabrielle"
Pichard’s work is characterized by impossibly voluptuous, dark-eyed women who frequently find themselves in bondage ranging from the flirtatious to the gruesome. In my opinion, the artist is at his best when he’s at his most grotesque, eschewing the boundaries of what most would consider to be arousing.
Pichard - "Marie Gabrielle"
His technique is precise and beautiful, employing fluid line-work and pointillist shadows. His pages are often separated by clever forms of architecture, like the gothic arches and Valentine hearts found throughout “Marie-Gabrielle,” a story of bondage and discipline set largely within a convent of sadistic nuns.
Pichard - "The Countess in Red"
Pichard - "The Countess in Red"
Panels like the above, from his “Countess in Red” which details a sexually-charged retelling of the Countess Bathory legend, show his talent for juxtaposing extreme S&M imagery with more traditional sensuality.
A Series of Tubes That Leads to More Pichard:
If anybody was looking for a very fine birthday present for me (you have till October 5th), one of these original Pichard pages would make a suitable tribute. Just sayin’.

6 thoughts on “The Erotic Bondage Art of Georges Pichard”

  1. What, Jack–you’re already tired of endless tweets about how “Twilight” is DESTROYING FANDOM? *giggles* Vanya Zouraliov’s portfolio is gorgeous–astounding technique and a great balance of creepy and erotic. Thank you for sharing this gorgeous art!

  2. I love this stuff. Never mind the wonderful, pervy stuff, the technique is amazing.

    Count me as a huge fan of Crepax and John Willie, too (and throw in Gene Bilbrew).

    Have you read Gilbert Hernandez’s Birdland?

  3. The Tomf00leryYetTasty Zone cajoles:

    hrm…

    1)already HAVE *original art to send for THEE bday* as well as…

    2) Pichard (who happily featured muchly in the book EROTIC COMICS, Vol 1–that *i* have a copy of as well)’s stipple/line work is very FINE–what makes the wimmens in them sexy is the fact they l00k like REAL wimmens, YO

  4. Doc M–Gene Bilbrew is awesome, and I can’t BELIEVE I failed to mention the astonishing Eric Stanton. And I haven’t read “Birdland,” but I WILL fix this oversight now that you’ve pointed it out. A most excellent suggestion!

    Joey Zone–you rock. You ALWAYS have my best interests in mind. It’s what makes you such a great enabler. I mean FRIEND. Friend. A great friend 😉

    Monster Scholar, good observation! That is a pretty far-out gown she’s sporting. One wonders what the lower half looks like…!

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