Peter Fendi’s Lithographs

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The Lithographs of Peter Fendi are well know for their hedonistic, entertaining and humorous takes on idealised sexual encounters, from the mind of a 18th century gentleman. Peter Fendi who was born in and trained as a prodigical court painter in Austria, was a master of watercolours, oil paints and lithrographs; his multicoloured use of which was of a fairly notable merit for the time period.

His renowned series of forty erotic lithographs all appear deliberately explicit and created from his own fantasies and day-dreams, as opposed to the likes of Avril or Schiele, who sought to convey more seriousness  in the reception of the figures; positions, expressions and scenarios. Being somewhere between traditional art and cartoons, they served as a quasi-realistic insight into the sexuality present in 18th century.

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