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The breathtakingly sensuous, and frankly hot, art of Octave Tassaert

Thanks to @babeland_toys posting of his breathtakingly sensuous "La Femme Damnee" ("The Cursed Woman") meet Parisian painter, Nicolas François Octave Tassaert. 

La Femme Damnee - Octave Tassaert

La Femme Damnee - Octave Tassaert

Some basic background expediently delivered via Wikipedia, because it's really all about the art:

Octave Tassaert (Paris, 26 July 1800 – Paris, 24 April 1874) was a French painter of portraits and genre, religious, historical and allegorical paintings, as well as a lithographer and engraver. He was the grandson of the sculptor Jean-Pierre-Antoine Tassaert.

Unknown - Octave Tassaert

Unknown - Octave Tassaert

Octave's first artistic training came from his father Jean-Joseph-François Tassaert and his older brother Paul before he was apprenticed to the engraver Alexis-François Girard. Next, he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts (1817–25) from 1817 through 1825, under Guillaume Guillon-Lethière, but never won the school's Prix de Rome.

La Femme Se Couchant - Octave Tassaert

La Femme Se Coucher - Octave Tassaert

Winning popular but not critical success, his works showing poor people's lives were felt melodramatic by critics but acclaimed by the public. His submission to the 1855 World Exhibition was well received by the critics, but Octave ceased to exhibit after the 1857 Salon, withdrawing more and more from the formal art world.

L'enelevement de Europe - Octave Tassaert

 L'Enlevement d'Europe - Octave Tassaert

Collectors of his works included Alfred Bruyas and Alexandre Dumas, fils, but in 1863 Octave stopped painting altogether and tried to become a poet (though none of his works are extant), selling all his remaining paintings to the dealer Père Martin. He declined into alcoholism, damaging his eyesight (he was treated at Montpellier in 1865, during which time he stayed with Bruyas) and finally committing suicide by inhaling coal gas[ in 1874.

Unknown - Octave Tassaert

Unknown - Octave Tassaert

OK, so enough history. Enjoy the art, especiailly "The Cursed Woman"--one has to agree with the Babeland Instagram comment, "She look like she doin' fine."!

As a bonus, two extra untitled paintings attributed to Tassaert are a bit randier than the above, but in the spirit of enthusiastic sex, voila!

The Jealous Cat - Octave Tassaert

The Jealous Cat - Octave Tassaert

Unknown - Octave Tassaert

Unknown - Octave Tassaert

Amante Premurosa - Octave Tassaert

Amante Premurosa - Octave Tassaert

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