Original soft-ground etching over heliogravure base. Ref: Exsteens 788; Rouir 715 ii/ii. Image: 4 7/8 x 7 1/4; plate 7 3/8 x 9 5/16; sheet 12 1/8 x 15 7/16. Series: Sataniques. One of two rare plates intended for Les Sataniques but never released. An outstanding richly-inkled impression printed on simili-Japon paper to produce a rich, dark background tone. Unsigned. An exceedingly rare plate.
The image shows Satan ejaculating. At the time, before the discoveries about DNA, men's semen was thought to contain fully-formed babies. Women's wombs were thought to be gardens that nourished the already-formed fetus.
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