"Dialogue au Carmel," 1944
I had the pleasure of seeing "Dialogue" in person at the Guggenheim in NYC at the Two Private Eyes show in 1999. Thus began my love affair with Mr. Trouille's work. I'd seen a grainy reproduction of one of his paintings in Pete Tombs' must-read book "Immoral Tales," and this piece (along with two other Trouille works in the TPE show) sealed the deal. As lovely as they look here, the paintings are super-saturated and eye-catching in person.
"Reve claustral" 1952
It's not just a Bad Religion tshirt, people--it's a super-sexy painting, too! Of note--Trouille added the peeping nun and the blue nun's birthmarks at a later date, after the rest of the piece had been finished. A long-time admirer of Trouille, Jean Rollin featured this painting in his 2002 feature "Fiancee of Dracula" [which I really need to get round to writing up].
"Mon tombeau" 1947-1962
Now this, friends, is a proper post-mortem tribute. I expect a similar entombment upon my inevitable shuffle from this mortal coil.
"Mon tombeau" - detail
"La palais des marveilles" - detail
She's not a nun, but let's not allow prejudice to color our appreciation of fine Catholic-themed smut.
"Crucifixion" by Alastair, circa 1920s [?]
And because I'm in a sharing mood today, here's a non-Trouille bit of Church Gothicry from Alastair, an early 20th Century illustrator and heir to the Decadant tradition of Aubrey Beardsley.
Click here for larger-scale versions of the Trouille pieces on my Flickr account. You know you need to see the lurid delights of "Mon tombeau" in large scale--don't deny it.