Classic Erotic Art
Classic pieces of erotic art are not necessarily graphically explicit in terms of sexual content. Some of these pieces are very old and although they do not seem outrageous today they were very controversial in their day.
Alina Szapocznikow's Sculpture - Lampe VI from 1970. Alina Szapocznikow's artistic legacy can still be felt today as one of the first female sculptors in post-war Poland to relate her work directly to the materiality and mystery of the human, and especially the female body.
Mel Ramos is best known for his pin-up girls who he usually portrays in close physical contact with a branded product. They often caress a bottle, emerge from a chocolate wrapper, or are found sitting atop a box of cheese or crackers. These images can be seen as a parody, or arguably a more honest representation, of how the female sex is used to sell almost everything.
This image is a classic piece of erotic art from nineteenth century Japan by the famous printmaker Katsushika Hokusai. "Dream of the Fisherman's Wife" Ink on Paper. 1814. The Japanese are so much better at doing weird and twisted erotic art than us here in the west ;-)
Edouard Manet's Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe painted in 1862-1863 was originally entitled Le Bain (The Bath). It caused outrage when it was first shown. This was in part due to the lady's state of undress as she is right next to two fully clothed gentlemen but also because she brazenly looks out at the spectator without averting her gaze.
Picasso was well-known as a ladies man and visitor in brothels. His Les Demoiselles d'Avignon from 1907 was originally titled Le Bordel d'Avignon but was retitled by art critic Andre Salmon who managed the paintings first exhibition. Nevertheless Demoiselles remained revolutionary and controversial, and led to wide anger and disagreement, even amongst Picasso's closest associates and friends.