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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.
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Art history’s greatest kisses

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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 ;-)

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What Burns Never Returns: A review of Fire/Fire

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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.

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Group of Four Nudes, c.1925 - Tamara de Lempicka - www.tamara-de-lempicka.org

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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.

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Deeply dark and sensual, the naked female languishing in nature. Henri_Rousseau_-_Il_sogno

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Here is an example of a classic piece of Chinese erotic art. Notice how the flowers in her hair have been rendered with wonderful detail and the fine scrolling design in garments of both him and her.

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