This portfolio from around 1930 is quite a mystery – the title, Qualchecosa (Something Else) and the subtitles are Italian, but the style is quite Germanic, almost Jugendstil. Our copy says it is No. 9, so other copies must have existed, but we have no idea of the artist or place of publication. That’s a pity, since the drawings have real quality, both of imagination and execution, the clean lines showing a real appreciation of the naked female body – and the bodies are those of convincingly real women.
If you can offer any clues as to the artist and the origins of this stylish portfolio, we would love to hear from you.
We are very grateful to Hans-Jürgen Döpp for these images; Hans-Jürgen, the compiler of many books on erotic art, curates the Venusberg online gallery and bookshop which you can find here.