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26 Pieces of Insanely Graphic Turn-of-the-20th Century Sex Art

Believe it or not, some of the kinkiest, craziest, most outlandish sex of all time was created at the turn of the 20th century, as the perceived stodginess of the Victorian era gave way to fin-de-siècle decadence. The list below contains NSFW turn of the century sex shocking in its frank depictions of joyful sex (both hetero and homosexual) and twisted, unprecedentedly pornographic satirical sex scenes featuring, for example, phalluses treated like Nickelodeon Gak.

You’ve been warned: this is insane . Sure, they’re mostly just old timey late-19th century/early-20th century illustrations, with a few water colors thrown in, but they still feature intensely graphic depictions of sexual acts. This was, after all, the heyday of illustrated pornography, just a few years before cameras killed the sketchbook stars. Slip into Incognito Mode if you dare and please: enjoy the history lesson.

So now you know: graphic sex art ahead. Strap on your naughty helmet and get ready for some insane sex art featuring farting, penises as musical instruments, weird creatures, giant mustaches, lots of oral, and some wonderful turn-of-the-century fashion.

Sweet Snail - Franz von Bayros, 1922, Austria

Cunnilingus – Mihály Zichy, Date Unknown (c. 1900), Hungary





Résultats complets des courses – Martin van Maële, 1905, France





Untitled Masturbating Creeper Scene – Artist Unknown, c. 1900, Spain





Lysistrata Defending the Acropolis – Aubrey Beardsley, 1896, England





Fanny’s Beauties Displayed – Édouard-Henri Avril, 1908, France





Untitled – Franz von Bayros, c. 1920, Austria





Illustration from La Grande Danse macabre des vifs – Martin van Maële, 1905, France





Untitled – Franz von Bayros, 1907-1913, Austria





Untitled from Liebe – Mihály Zichy, Published 1911, Hungary





Illustration from La Grande Danse macabre des vifs – Martin van Maële, 1905, France





Untitled Fellatio Scene – Artist Unknown, c. 1900, Spain





After the Meal – Artist Unknown (Falsely Attributed to Peter Fendi), Published 1910





Ne reste pas ainsi décalotté cher Baron – Martin Van Maële, 1905, France





The Lacedaemonian Ambassadors – Aubrey Beardsley, 1896, England





Untitled – Franz von Bayros, 1907-1913, Austria





Mr. H. Surprises Fanny and William – Édouard-Henri Avril, 1906, France





Untitled from Liebe – Mihály Zichy, Published 1911, Hungary





Untitled Sexy Bath – Artist Unknown (Falsely Attributed to Peter Fendi), Published 1910





Untitled – Franz von Bayros, 1907-1913, Austria





Ah tu veux me bouffer. Mlle J. dite la Ventouse – Martin Van Maële, 1905, France





The Ceremonial of Fanny’s Initiation – Édouard-Henri Avril, 1906, France



À Boileau Despreaux – Martin van Maele, 1905, France





Untitled from Liebe – Mihály Zichy, Published 1911, Hungary





Fanny Emboldens William – Édouard-Henri Avril, 1906, France





The Examination of the Herald – Aubrey Beardsley, 1896, England