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Paul-Emile Becat

Paul-Émile Bécat (1885 - 1960) was a French illustrator and painter who studied with Gabriel Ferrier and Francois Flameng and was awarded the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1920. He is most famous for his erotic illustrations for many books between 1934 and 1959, as well as his portraits.

Becat began specializing in erotic art quite late in his career. Before then his focus was mostly on portraits and not-so-erotic literature. The earliest example I can find of one of Becat's erotic prints is from the book Fortuna by that was published in and had several nude engravings by Paul-Émile Bécat. Becat would have been 49 at the time. He had done illustrations for books before but nothing especially erotic as far as I can tell.

A technique often used by Becat was drypoint. Drypoint is a printmaking technique that can produce very soft lines due to the burring it leaves on the copper plates. This combined with the pastel shades are what gives many of Becat's illustrations their gentle feel.

We have a few of examples by Paul-Emile Becat including La Vie des Dames Galantes, a limited edition two volume erotic novel written by Brantôme that was republished in 1948 including a series of 26 hand colored erotic drypoints by Becat. Also, there is Le Florentin, a set of erotic playing cards that was designed by Becat. The eroticism is only present on the royals, aces, and jokers of this set. Le Florentin is a particularly interesting series because, as is traditional with playing cards, the images are reversible so every card in the royal suite has two interpretations depending on which way up you hold them that seamlessly flow into one another.


Paul-Emile Becat Gallery



La Vie des Dames Galantes 24

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
La Vie des Dames Galantes 25

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
Le Florentin

The cover for the set of erotic playing cards called Le Florentin designed by Paul-Emile Becat. Published in 1955. Limited Edition of 12,000.
La Vie des Dames Galantes 04

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
La Vie des Dames Galantes 07

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
La Vie des Dames Galantes 13

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
La Vie des Dames Galantes 18

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
La Vie des Dames Galantes 15

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
La Vie des Dames Galantes 02

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
Joker 2

An erotic playing card from Le Florentin designed by Paul-Emile Becat. Published in 1955. Limited Edition of 12,000.
La Vie des Dames Galantes 21

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
La Vie des Dames Galantes 10

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
La Vie des Dames Galantes 20

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
Ace of Diamonds

An erotic playing card from Le Florentin designed by Paul-Emile Becat. Published in 1955. Limited Edition of 12,000.
La Vie des Dames Galantes 05

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
Joker 1

An erotic playing card from Le Florentin designed by Paul-Emile Becat. Published in 1955. Limited Edition of 12,000.
La Vie des Dames Galantes 03

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
Ace of Hearts

An erotic playing card from Le Florentin designed by Paul-Emile Becat. Published in 1955. Limited Edition of 12,000.
La Vie des Dames Galantes 23

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
La Vie des Dames Galantes 19

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
La Vie des Dames Galantes 11

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
King of Diamonds

An erotic playing card from Le Florentin designed by Paul-Emile Becat. Published in 1955. Limited Edition of 12,000.
La Vie des Dames Galantes 08

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
La Vie des Dames Galantes 06

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
La Vie des Dames Galantes 16

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
Ace of Spades

An erotic playing card from Le Florentin designed by Paul-Emile Becat. Published in 1955. Limited Edition of 12,000.
Queen of Hearts

An erotic playing card from Le Florentin designed by Paul-Emile Becat. Published in 1955. Limited Edition of 12,000.
Jack of Diamonds

An erotic playing card from Le Florentin designed by Paul-Emile Becat. Published in 1955. Limited Edition of 12,000.
La Vie des Dames Galantes 09

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
La Vie des Dames Galantes 14

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
La Vie des Dames Galantes 12

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
La Vie des Dames Galantes 17

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
La Vie des Dames Galantes 26

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
Ace of Clubs

An erotic playing card from Le Florentin designed by Paul-Emile Becat. Published in 1955. Limited Edition of 12,000.
Jack of Hearts

An erotic playing card from Le Florentin designed by Paul-Emile Becat. Published in 1955. Limited Edition of 12,000.
King of Clubs

An erotic playing card from Le Florentin designed by Paul-Emile Becat. Published in 1955. Limited Edition of 12,000.
Queen of Diamonds

An erotic playing card from Le Florentin designed by Paul-Emile Becat. Published in 1955. Limited Edition of 12,000.
Jack of Spades

An erotic playing card from Le Florentin designed by Paul-Emile Becat. Published in 1955. Limited Edition of 12,000.
La Vie des Dames Galantes 22

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
Queen of Clubs

An erotic playing card from Le Florentin designed by Paul-Emile Becat. Published in 1955. Limited Edition of 12,000.
King of Hearts

An erotic playing card from Le Florentin designed by Paul-Emile Becat. Published in 1955. Limited Edition of 12,000.
King of Spades

An erotic playing card from Le Florentin designed by Paul-Emile Becat. Published in 1955. Limited Edition of 12,000.
Jack of Clubs

An erotic playing card from Le Florentin designed by Paul-Emile Becat. Published in 1955. Limited Edition of 12,000.
La Vie des Dames Galantes 01

Erotic Drypoint by Paul-Emile Becat. Part of a series of 26 handcolored drypoints (including the two covers) included with Brantôme's La Vie des...
Queen of Spades

An erotic playing card from Le Florentin designed by Paul-Emile Becat. Published in 1955. Limited Edition of 12,000.





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