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Paul Avril

Édouard-Henri Avril, 18431928 (better known by his pseudonym Paul Avril) was a French erotic artist who is best known for his paintings and illustrations for various erotic novels including Amours Du Chevalier de Fabulas, Atala - René - Le Dernier Abencerage, The Book of Expositions, Daphnis et Chloe and dozen of other titles. Many of these books were of limited numbers, often as few as 100 copies.

Beginning in 1878, Paul Avril exhibited his graphic paintings around salons in Paris. Soon after, he received first commission which was for the novel Fortunio by Théophile Gautier, and this was when he first began using his pseudonym Paul Avril whereas before he used to sign his paintings as "E Avril". Oddly, "Paul" was his brother's name (Paul-Victor Avril) and we can only speculate as to why he chose it.

Paul Avril was a prolific artist throughout his life though his greatest work is considered to be the illustrations he did for "De Figuris Veneris: A Manual of Classical Erotica" by when it was translated into French from its original Latin. However, his illustrations for Fanny Hill, as well as the illustrations in his version of I Modi (Les Sonnetts Luxurieux) are also highly accomplished.


Paul Avril Gallery



Charles and Fanny

Erotic illustration by Édouard-Henri Avril (better known as Paul Avril) for John Cleland's erotic novel Fanny Hill printed in 1908. Illustrations...
Fellatio

Erotic lithograph by Édouard-Henri Avril (better known as Paul Avril) from De Figuris Veneris. 1906
Fellatio 2

Erotic lithograph by Édouard-Henri Avril (better known as Paul Avril) from De Figuris Veneris. 1906
Rear Entry Position

Erotic lithograph by Édouard-Henri Avril, better known as Paul Avril, from De Figuris Veneris. 1906
Mr. H Surprises Fanny and William

Erotic illustration by Édouard-Henri Avril (better known as Paul Avril) for John Cleland's erotic novel Fanny Hill printed in 1908. Illustrations...
Hadrian and Antinous in Egypt

Erotic lithograph by Édouard-Henri Avril (better known as Paul Avril) from De Figuris Veneris, depicting Emperor Hadrian and his young lover...
The Ceremonial of Fannys' Initiation

Erotic illustration by Édouard-Henri Avril (better known as Paul Avril) for John Cleland's erotic novel Fanny Hill printed in 1908. Illustrations...
Male Masturbation

Erotic lithograph by Édouard-Henri Avril (better known as Paul Avril) from De Figuris Veneris. 1906
Standing Sex Position

Erotic lithograph by Édouard-Henri Avril (better known as Paul Avril) from De Figuris Veneris. 1906
Charles Plucks Fanny's Virgin Flower

Erotic illustration by Édouard-Henri Avril (better known as Paul Avril) for John Cleland's erotic novel Fanny Hill printed in 1908. Illustrations...
Missionary Position

Erotic lithograph by Édouard-Henri Avril, better known as Paul Avril, from De Figuris Veneris. 1906
Socrates and Alcibiades

Erotic lithograph by Édouard-Henri Avril (better known as Paul Avril) from De Figuris Veneris. 1906
Woman on Top Position

Erotic lithograph by Édouard-Henri Avril (better known as Paul Avril) from De Figuris Veneris. 1906
Cunnilingus

Erotic lithograph by Édouard-Henri Avril (better known as Paul Avril) from De Figuris Veneris. 1906
Woman on Top

Erotic lithograph by Édouard-Henri Avril (better known as Paul Avril) from De Figuris Veneris. 1906
Petting

Erotic lithograph by Édouard-Henri Avril, better known as Paul Avril, from De Figuris Veneris. 1906
Fanny Emboldens William

Erotic illustration by Édouard-Henri Avril (better known as Paul Avril) for John Cleland's erotic novel Fanny Hill printed in 1908. Illustrations...
Fanny and the Sailor

Erotic illustration by Édouard-Henri Avril (better known as Paul Avril) for John Cleland's erotic novel Fanny Hill printed in 1908. Illustrations...
Louisa and the Lodger's Son

Erotic illustration by Édouard-Henri Avril (better known as Paul Avril) for John Cleland's erotic novel Fanny Hill printed in 1908. Illustrations...
Fanny Whips Mr. Barville

Erotic illustration by Édouard-Henri Avril (better known as Paul Avril) for John Cleland's erotic novel Fanny Hill printed in 1908. Illustrations...
Polly Phillips and the Young Italian

Erotic illustration by Édouard-Henri Avril (better known as Paul Avril) for John Cleland's erotic novel Fanny Hill printed in 1908. Illustrations...
Fanny's Beauty Displayed

Erotic illustration by Édouard-Henri Avril (better known as Paul Avril) for John Cleland's erotic novel Fanny Hill printed in 1908. Illustrations...
The Bathing Party

Erotic illustration by Édouard-Henri Avril (better known as Paul Avril) for John Cleland's erotic novel Fanny Hill printed in 1908. Illustrations...
Mr Croft's Attempt to Seduce Fanny

Erotic illustration by Édouard-Henri Avril (better known as Paul Avril) for John Cleland's erotic novel Fanny Hill printed in 1908. Illustrations...





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