L’invitation (The Invitation) is a very special volume, because it is the only attempt we know of to depict sexual intimacy between older people with skill, sensitivity – and loving humour. Whoever ‘Georges Delfau’ is or was, these delightful paintings prove that the need for closeness, touch – and sexual experimentation – don’t stop when our bodies lose the conventional, and usually unachievable, contours of youth.
Were these the only paintings made by this artist? Surely not. It would be fascinating to know the identity of the real ‘MB’. The older woman who is the main subject of most of the paintings is clearly enjoying herself; it makes us wonder if the artist was perhaps a woman.
Whoever they are are by, they are an inspiration for us all!
Honesterotica follower Ian Mulder has created an English-language narrative in the form of an anonymous illustrated memoir to accompany the L’invitation paintings – The Welcome Inn can be found here. Enjoy!