Weird History 26 Pieces of Insanely Graphic Turn-of-the-20th Century Sex Art  

Jude Newsome
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Believe it or not, some of the kinkiest, craziest, most outlandish sex art of all time was created at the turn of the 20th century, as the perceived stodginess of the Victorian era gave way to fin-de-siècle decadence. The list below contains NSFW turn of the century sex art shocking in its frank depictions of joyful sex (both hetero and homosexual) and twisted, unprecedentedly pornographic satirical sex scenes featuring, for example, phalluses treated like Nickelodeon Gak.   

You’ve been warned: this is insane sex art. Sure, they’re mostly just old timey late-19th century/early-20th century illustrations, with a few water colors thrown in, but they still feature intensely graphic depictions of sexual acts. This was, after all, the heyday of illustrated pornography, just a few years before cameras killed the sketchbook stars. Slip into Incognito Mode if you dare and please: enjoy the history lesson.

So now you know: graphic sex art ahead. Strap on your naughty helmet and get ready for some insane sex art featuring farting, penises as musical instruments, weird creatures, giant mustaches, lots of oral, and some wonderful turn-of-the-century fashion. 

Sweet Snail - Franz von Bayros, 1922, Austria


Sweet Snail - Franz von Bayros... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 26 Pieces of Insanely Graphic Turn-of-the-20th Century Sex Art
Photo: Franz von Bayros/Public Domain

Cunnilingus - Mihály Zichy, Date Unknown (c. 1900), Hungary


Cunnilingus - Mihály Zichy, Da... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 26 Pieces of Insanely Graphic Turn-of-the-20th Century Sex Art
Photo: Mihály Zichy/Public Domain

Résultats complets des courses - Martin van Maële, 1905, France


Résultats complets des courses... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 26 Pieces of Insanely Graphic Turn-of-the-20th Century Sex Art
Photo: Martin van Maële/Public Domain

Untitled Masturbating Creeper Scene - Artist Unknown, c. 1900, Spain


Untitled Masturbating Creeper ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 26 Pieces of Insanely Graphic Turn-of-the-20th Century Sex Art
Photo: Artist Unknown/Public Domain