Schiele: Sex, Introspection and Breaking Taboos
Egon Schiele’s work is so distinctive that it resists categorisation. Admitted to the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts at just sixteen, he was an extraordinarily precocious artist, whose consummate skill in the manipulation of line, above all, lent a taut expressivity to all his work.
Exploring the Beauty and Sensuality of the Human Form: Erotic Photography
The very first images are only of landscapes or reproductions of objects. It was very difficult to photograph nudes or take portraits given that a posing time of several minutes was required. However, this duration was reduced to tens of seconds shortly after. While the process became international, France retained its hegemony particularly with regards to erotic photography, which appeared immediately. The first nudes must have been taken as early as 1840.
Utamaro – Pictures of the floating world
The coloured prints of Utamaro are, as Edmond de Goncourt wrote, a “miracle of art” in which he brought these impressions to an absolute and unsurpassable degree of perfection. The influence of Utamaro, Hiroshige and other masters of Ukiyo-e* revolutionised the sense of colour in the world of art.
Auguste Rodin – The genius founder of modern sculpture
Many of Rodin's sculptures were criticised and considered controversial because of their sensuality or hyperrealist qualities. His most original works departed from traditional themes of mythology and allegory, and embraced the human body, celebrating individualism and physicality.
Pablo Picasso – Ein Maler unter Dichtern, ein Dichter unter Malern
Dieses Buch präsentiert eine große Anzahl von Werken Pablo Picassos, die er zwischen 1881 und 1914 geschaffen hat. Die erste Phase des Künstlers ist gekennzeichnet durch den Einfluss Grecos, Munchs und Toulouse-Lautrecs, deren Bilder er in Barcelona kennen lernt...
Pablo Picasso – A painter among poets, A poet among painters
In this book one can find many artworks created by Picasso between 1881 and 1914. The first style of the artist was influenced by the works of El Greco, Munch and Toulouse-Lautrec, artists that he discovered when he was a student in Barcelona...
Oh nostalgia, when you take possession of our senses, there is no escape!
Erotic photo art has lost much of its exquisite soul since Playboy and other girlie monthlies repackaged the human body for mass-market consumption. Like much painting, sculpture and engraving, since its beginning photography has also been at the service of eroticism.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: The performances of Parisian nightlife
Known for his posters for cabarets and performances, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) was the painter of Parisian nightlife par excellence. Completely immerged in the bohemian milieu of the period, he produced numerous paintings and lithographs representing the lower levels of society.
Alphonse Mucha in the gorgeous Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau was known to insiders as the “Mucha style” for the legions of imitators who adapted the master’s celebrated tableaux. Today, his distinctive depictions of lithe young women in classical dress have become a pop cultural touchstone, inspiring album covers, comic books, and everything in between.
La béauté de la sécession viennoise vue par Gustav Klimt
Aucune référence au monde extérieur ne vient contrarier le charme des allégories, portraits, paysages et autres personnages que l'artiste peint. Des couleurs et des motifs d'inspiration orientale (Klimt a été très influencé par le Japon, l'ancienne Egypte et la Ravenne byzantine), un espace bidimentionnel dépourvu de profondeur et une qualité souvent stylisée de l'image, autant d'éléments utilisés par le peintre pour créer une oeuvre séduisante, où le corps de la femme s'expose dans toute sa volupté.
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