Georges Villa

~ 1883 - 1965

Elie Georges Marie Villa was born in Montmédy, the Meuse, Lorraine, France on January 24, 1883. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Francais. Vila was a prolific painter, engraver, lithographer, poster designer, and illustrator of political and sports themes for some of the most prominent newspapers and magazines of his time: Artes et Sports, l’ Assiette au Beurre, Comedia Illustre, etc. He was also a well-known portrait artist whose subjects included aviation, fencing, gastronomy, and aristocratic ladies of the 18th century.

He also illustrated books including works by Anatole France, Theophile Gautier, Edgar Allen Poe and Louys Pierre. In the 1920’s Villa was part of the Parisian Année Folles (Crazy Years) and became known for his caricatures and portraits as well as his erotic drawings using charcoal and pastel. Many of Villa’s outstanding illustrations can be found in limited edition collectors’ books, including 12 erotic lithographs to accompany the poetry of Edmond Haraucourt, Poemes hysteriques, an eroticized parody of the poems of Victor Hugo. Georges Villa cut his own copper and stone plates for his engravings.

For the book Aphrodite (1935) he illustrated a few bdsm related artworks, these are shown in the gallery below alongside a mixed album.

2 albums/13 artworks

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