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«Shiny boots of leather» ‘Venus in furs’ illustrated

Manuel Marsol

Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather

Whiplash girl child in the dark

Comes in bells, your servant, don’t forsake him

Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart

(The Velvet Underground & Nico – Venus in Furs)

Venus in furs (1870) is, without doubt, the most famous novel by Sacher-Masoch (…). It is the book dedicated to love. The novel concerns the relationship between Severin and Wanda and how, while looking for a rare and evasive “supra sensuality”, Severin, between devotion and penance, between the sacred and the blasphemous, will walk all the stretches of this ordeal of Eros. Subservience, cruelty and fetishism will be nothing but milestones marking the path to a new voluptuousness.


Manuel Marsol

«Shiny boots of leather»

Venus in furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch illustrated by Manuel Marsol

The wondrous illustrations by Manuel Marsol, full of shades, are nourished by the countless Graeco-Latin influences present in the text to create a colourful and amazing nightmarish landscape whereby desire and subjection fantasies are given free reign.  (Sexto Piso)


As a curiosity, the term masochism comes from the name of the author and his novel, Venus in furs.

Biografía Manuel






29 original illustrations on paper, 2 giclée prints, 1 engraving, 2 artist’s notebooks with 1 original illustration and 1 video of the notebook.


From Madrid in a box


Manuel Marsol