I posted the above painting last night in a Sissydude MEGA-POST and it got more attention than all the other naked realness, so I found some more info on the model and two more paintings at the always AWESOME Gods And Foolish Grandeur. I also found a few pics of Deriaz too. Enjoy!
GODS & FOOLISH GRANDEUR: Maurice Deriaz and his older brother, Emile, were the most famous of seven athletic brothers. They were born in Baulmes, Switzerland – Maurice in 1885 – but lived in France from an early age. Maurice was five foot six and weighed about two hundred pounds.
His neck was nineteen inches around, his chest forty-eight, and his waist thirty-five. His thighs measured twenty-six inches, calves sixteen-and-a-half, forearms fourteen, and his biceps seventeen. He was celebrated for his weight-lifting feats, his impressive gymnastic abilities, and as a champion Greco-Roman wrestler.
Called Le lion suisse or Roi de la beauté plastique, speaking fluent English, German, and Russian, he performed all over Europe. As his career wound down, he acquired a factory which produced reeds for oboes, clarinets, saxophones. He would often return to visit his home town and he eventually returned to live in Baulmes, where he died in the summer of 1974.
“He moved to Bangkok shortly after I moved to Mexico City, and when I decided to move there six months ago, he sweetly invited me to be his roommate! We, naturally, had a clothing optional house, and I photographed him quite often in the course of our daily lives. Here he is, modeling at my apartment in Bangkok, my roommate and good good friend!” - felix d’eon
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D’Eon’s lovely work HERE
ADAM: Can I start with the Black Party which you mentioned when you sat down? You have strong feelings about it.
BJARNE: I don’t have that strong feelings about it. I’m just sick of all these parties and these things that gay men get so built up about, like this is the night it’s gonna happen and we’re gonna go crazy. I like to go crazy on a Monday night, on an ordinary weekday. I don’t need to have the Black Party to go crazy. I used to hate circuit parties.
Well he’s kind of stiff. He’s not the world’s greatest actor. He’s a nice person, but, um, yeah, I mean, he was alright. I think he brought that kind of, you know, the film is done very cinematically. It looks like real cinema film. It’s also something with all that technique on someone who’s so untrained and unskilled as an actor. That’s what I was interested in. This pretense of acting. Trying to act but not really managing to act. I think it’s very obvious, the acting.
That’s porn acting in a way.
Yeah. So you can say the essence of it is related to porn in that way.
No. And porn like Francois Sagat and these things I really hate. I think they should just go kill themselves. Do the world a favor and just blow your brains out.
What don’t you like about him?
I just think it’s crap. All of it. It’s stupid and superficial and it’s like, I’m also bored of this kind of steroid body. I used to do so much steroids, and I used to take 500 pounds and bench press it or whatever, and you have a kind of huge muscle body. It’s just so easy. Why do people look at these people and think “Oh my god this is something I can never have?” Just decide that you want to skip thirty years of your life, and go to the gym two hours every day and that’s it. It’s so easy, and it’s lazy also. I like more bodies when they’re more natural. I also like guys who don’t give a shit of how they look. I find that a real turn on. Who doesn’t give a fuck about going to the gym or looking good or whatever. I definitely want to make my own porn though.
Yeah. I do want to take it. But I had unsafe sex for 20 years, and I never did anything to protect myself and I never had an STD in my whole life. I never even had gonorrhea once. There is something in my body that is not receptive to those things. Because I should have been infected like 15 years ago. It’s something kind of mysterious to me. I had a lot of sex involving blood with HIV positive guys and I would take my fist out and I would get all the blood coming out in my mouth because it spurted out from their ass. I would have a mouthful of their blood.
Why is that something you wanted to do?
I just wanted to experience anything. I wanted to try anything.
pics of mr. melgaard after the jump…
“Toronto Bus Terminal Still Male Sex Mart!” Flash. 10 March 1956. Newspaper excerpt.
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Marc Almond. “Christopher Street Pier.” The End of New York CD/Book. 2001. Poem
Charles, Corentin, Jules Raynal, Knut and Sylvester Ulv captured by Damien Blottière and styled by Aurélien Storny + Alexandre Misericordia for the issue #7 of Candy magazine. via FOREVER YOUNG
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José Benlliure y Gil (Spanish, 1855-1937), Autorretrato. Oil on canvas. Museu de Bellas Artes de Valencia.
THE CURVE: MOCA presents Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland, the first American museum exhibition devoted to the art of Bob Mizer (1922–1992) and Touko Laaksonen, aka “Tom of Finland” (1920–1991), two of the most significant figures of twentieth century erotic art and forefathers of an emergent post-war gay culture. The exhibition features a selection of Tom of Finland’s masterful drawings and collages, alongside Mizer’s rarely seen photo-collage “catalogue boards” and films, as well as a comprehensive collection of his groundbreaking magazine Physique Pictorial, where drawings by Tom were first published in 1957. Organized by MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson and guest co-curator Richard Hawkins, the exhibition is presented with the full collaboration of the Bob Mizer Foundation, El Cerrito, and the Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles.
In addition to approximately 75 finished and preparatory drawings by Tom of Finland spanning 1947–1991, the exhibition includes a selection of Tom’s never before exhibited scrapbook collages, and examples of his serialized graphic novels, including the legendary leatherman Kake, as well as a selection of Mizer’s “catalogue boards,” AMG films, and a complete set of Physique Pictorial magazine. An accompanying publication includes texts by the exhibition co-curators and a selection of images.