Afrodisia Crucified, an illustration for <i>Aphrodite—mœurs antiques</i> by Pierre Louÿs

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Afrodisia Crucified, an illustration for Aphrodite—mœurs antiques by Pierre Louÿs (France, c.1909)

Oil and pencil on canvas
Signed R. Collin lower left


32.30cm high
40.50cm wide
(12.72 inches high)
(15.94 inches wide)
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In 1896, Pierre Louÿs published his first novel, Aphrodite — mœurs antiques, an erotic depiction of courtesan life in Alexandria. It is considered a mixture of both literary excess and refinement. It sold 350,000 copies and was the best selling work by any living French author of the era. Raphael Collin, the author's friend, illustrated the Paris 1909 edition, published by Librairie des Amateurs, A. Ferroud, Paris.