Erotic Drawings

Erotic Drawings

Victoria Charles

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 2:00261112

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

From Michelangelo to Rubens, Degas and Picasso, erotic art has attracted many great masters, who created works that captivate the beholder like few others. In spite of, or maybe even because of, this attraction, erotic art has never failed to evoke controversy, and regularly had to defend itself from charges of pornography. This book guides readers from early portrayals of erotic scenes produced in the 16th and 17th centuries, to contemporary highlights such as Picasso’s sketchbook drawings, encompassing a large variety of styles and techniques.

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all periods – were able to reproduce erotic designs. Sapphic Couple Seated Auguste Rodin, 19th-20th century graphite, stamp and watercolour 32.6 x 25.2 cm Musée Rodin, Paris 50 51 Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Rubens, Boucher, Fragonard, Ingres, Géricault, Degas, Rodin, Rops, Klimt, Schiele, Picasso, Pascin are artists celebrated for their erotic works. Their erotic designs are captivating, without being repetitive. Each one is unique, as the diverse design techniques permit a different

imprisoned by ornament and textile to be partially and tantalisingly revealed, in his drawings eroticism is open and undisguised. Two Women Embracing Auguste Rodin lead and watercolour on paper 32.3 x 29.9 cm Musée Rodin, Paris 120 121 Even during his lifetime his drawings were regarded by some critics as the best work of his entire oeuvre, but they would not have been widely seen. Unlike Schiele, who earned his living from his drawings, Klimt’s income was derived entirely from his

painting. Drawing for him was either a necessary preparatory process or a form of relaxation, a way of expressing himself spontaneously free from the constraints and detail of oil. Female Nude Egon Schiele, 1910 black chalk, watercolour, gouache and white highlights, 44.3 x 30.6 cm Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna 122 123 Klimt’s drawings not only reveal his mastery of draughtsmanship, they also show an erotic obsession and a sexual freedom quite at odds with the covered-up, repressed

watercolour, 31.8 x 48 cm Private collection 136 137 Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) An English illustrator who illustrates notably erotic comedies. He achieves a perfect sense of composition, a remarkable use of space, a nervous outlining as well as an imagination mixing eroticism, cruelty and irony. Woman with Black Stockings (Valerie Neuzil) Egon Schiele, 1913 graphite, watercolour and gouache on paper, 32.2 x 48 cm Private collection, courtesy St Etienne Gallery, New York 138 139

of the “Prodigal Son among the Harlots”, which gave him the pretext to describe uninhibited orgies in a brothel, had a biographical background: His father, shocked that as a young man he had already made obscene drawings in brothels in his home town, ordered him to change his name. Thus, henceforth Pincas signed himself Pascin. Two Girls (Lovers) Egon Schiele, 1914 graphite and gouache on paper, 31 x 48 cm Private collection 148 149 In 1905 Pascin, who had been born in Vidin, Bulgaria in

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