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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.
Luis Ricardo Falero

“The Opium Smoker” by Luis Ricardo Falero

Ruis liked to conflate the sexual with the forbidden.


“Witches on the Sabbath” by Luis Ricardo Falero

Luis Ricardo Falero, Duke of Labranzano, was a Spanish painter with a taste for female nudes in mythological and fantasy settings. This 1878 piece is called Witches on the Sabbath.

Notice the juxtaposition of the human figures with the non-human. The non-human seem even more carnal than the human in twisted ways. Between that and the floating, it's a pretty good bet that this depicts a psychedelic trip. It was understood that a lot of the imagery reported by witches may have occurred under the influence. Does that make it any less valid? Well, that's a question for another time.

Pay attention to the lady in the lower left corner. The expression on her face indicates something is going on, and it's a bit beyond a night out with friends. My guess is that it has something to do with the man whose arm she is hanging onto. I don't think it's an accident that his face is mostly averted. I think this is detailing an affair.

I’m a naturist in both senses of the word. Life doesn’t always need clothes. I admire the human body. I hope you can too.


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