Luis Ricardo Falero

February 15, 2010 at 12:12 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

Luis Ricardo Falero (1851-1896) was a Spanish artist who specialised in paintings of sensual, voluptuous women, usually in an occult setting. His main fault is that he occasionally focusses too much on the sexyness of his female subjects, with the result that they end up looking a lot like pin-up models. At his best, however, he managed to capture the macabre eroticism of Decadence. He died in London aged just 45.

A Fairy Under Starry Skies

Balance of the Zodiac

Vision of Faust

Iris and Phebus


The Wine of Tokai



  1. melmoth said,

    Another seldom reported artist clearly worthy of a mention but who, for the reasons you give, is relegated to the second division; these women are a little too wholesome looking and rosy cheeked to be truly Decadent.

    • Decadent Handbook said,

      Definitely. I think he let his libido get in the way rather! I am rather fond of Vision of Faust though.

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  3. Lucas Green said,

    I don’t agree that his women are “too wholesome” to be decadent. They are exceptionally erotic for the time. The fleshtones are exquisite and some of the poses would be at home in softcore pornography. In other words these women are lascivious and proud of it. Or to use the modern vernacular they are ‘shaggable babes’ in classical settings. That’s seems pretty decadent to me.

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