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