Chéri Hérouard had an incredible forty-five-year career as an illustrator and artist. His erotic “spanking novels” using the pseudonym Herric are widely known throughout Europe and were certainly ahead of times. The sadomasochistic illustrations show powerful women enjoying gender fluid roles.
Chéri Hérouard: The Early Years
Born and raised in France, Chéri Hérouard always knew he would end up being an artist. Of course, his well-to-do family were not too keen on the idea and tried directing him toward a military career. Thankfully for us, and the rest of the world, he decided against joining the service. By following his passion, he became an overnight success after impressing a local editor with his portfolio of drawings. Chéri Hérouard sold his first series to Le Journal de la Jeunesse in 1902.
Gentlemen’s Weekly Loves Chéri Hérouard
Long before the advent of Playboy and Esquire, gazettes featuring risque material were an essential part of the French mainstream elite. Alongside seductive scenes, publications highlighted famous artists, theater production, erotic literature, and male fashions. He was a favorite among a select group of magazine editors. His captivating cover art was hugely popular with publications like the Catholic girls’ journal La Semaine de Suzette and the weekly gentlemen’s guide, La Vie Parisienne.
People believe the sexual revolution was during the 1960’s. Arguably, that is partly right. But the tipping point for real sexual experimentation was during the roaring 20’s and 1930’s in Paris. Sex was very much alive and a major part of the culture. Chéri Hérouard used the cultural attitudes as an inspiration to perfectly capture Parisian society participating on the fringe of sexual expression.
Not much else is known of Chéri Hérouard other than what is provided on random fan and collector sites. We’ve included a link here for more information.5