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Below are biographies and analysis of the work of the modern artists whose depictions had a significant erotic component. More additions are on the way!

Erotic Artists: 38 of 310 Total Artists
Arbus, Diane Biography, Art & Analysis

Arbus, Diane

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Arbus, Diane Famous Art

Diane Arbus is recognized for her insightful street-based compositions and black-and-white portraits of marginalized individuals on the fringes of mainstream society, including images of nudists, transvestites, and mentally and physically handicapped people.

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Avedon, Richard Biography, Art & Analysis

Avedon, Richard

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Avedon, Richard Famous Art

Richard Avedon revolutionized fashion photography by enlivening his models, by showing them in movement. He also excelled in black-and-white portraiture - celebraties and common folk were exhibited in psychologoically revealing ways. His large and powerful body of work makes Avedon one of the most famous photographers of all time.

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Balthus Biography, Art & Analysis

Balthus

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Balthus Famous Art

Balthus was a Paris-based modern artist whose controversial paintings explored degrees of voyeurism, innocence, and childhood sexuality.

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Bazille, Frédéric Biography, Art & Analysis

Bazille, Frédéric

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Bazille, Frédéric Famous Art

Frédéric Bazille was an Impressionist and Realist painter who came from a wealthy background and was able to help his fellow artists, including Monet, Sisley, and Manet with money and materials. His career and life were cut short, dying in battle during the Franco-Prussian War at just 29 years old.

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Beardsley, Aubrey Biography, Art & Analysis

Beardsley, Aubrey

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Beardsley, Aubrey Famous Art

Aubrey Beardsley was a nineteenth-century English illustrator and author. In black ink he created highly erotic, grotesque, and decadant drawings, much in the style of Japanese woodcuts. Beardsley's work was part of the Aesthetic movement, and was highly influential to the subsequent Art Nouveau movement of the early-twentieth century.

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Bellmer, Hans Biography, Art & Analysis

Bellmer, Hans

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Bellmer, Hans Famous Art

Hans Bellmer was a twentieth-century German avant-garde photographer and draughtsman, commonly associated with the Surrealism movement. Bellmer is best known for creating a series of pubescent female dolls in the 1930s, which were designed as a direct criticism of Nazi-controlled Germany and its idealization of the perfect human form. Bellmer eventually fled Germany for Paris and was embraced by Breton and the French Surrealists.

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Bourgeois, Louise Biography, Art & Analysis

Bourgeois, Louise

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Bourgeois, Louise Famous Art

Louise Bourgeois is a French contemporary artist whose work adds a feminist perspective to Surrealism's themes of sex, childhood, and the uncanny. She is best known for her installation 'Cells' and her large-scale spider sculptures.

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Breton, Andre Biography, Art & Analysis

Breton, Andre

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Breton, Andre Famous Art

André Breton, author of the 1924 Surrealist Manifesto, was an influential theorizer of both Dada and Surrealism. Born in France, he emigrated to New York during World War II, where he greatly influenced the Abstract Expressionists.

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Brown, Cecily Biography, Art & Analysis

Brown, Cecily

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Brown, Cecily Famous Art

Cecily Brown is a British painter, best known for her works that incorporate visual elements of figuration and abstraction into an explosive style that builds upon aspects of Willem de Kooning's practice.

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Caillebotte, Gustave Biography, Art & Analysis

Caillebotte, Gustave

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Caillebotte, Gustave Famous Art

Gustave Caillebotte was a nineteenth-century French painter and one of the Impressionist artists, though his style resembled Realism more than Impressionism. Caillebotte was also an early practitioner of using photography for composing his images, a prominent art patron, and an outspoken supporter of other Impressionists like Pissarro, Monet, and Renoir. His vast wealth also allowed Caillebotte to fund several exhibitions of Impressionist art, and to convince the Louvre to acquire many important works.

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Clemente, Francesco Biography, Art & Analysis

Clemente, Francesco

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Clemente, Francesco Famous Art

Francesco Clemente is an Italian painter commonly associated with the Neo-Expressionist movement, otherwise known as Italian Transavantguardia. Much of his work fuses sexuality with an emotional rawness and brutality. Clemente's paintings also contain visual elements of Surrealism.

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Courbet, Gustave Biography, Art & Analysis

Courbet, Gustave

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Courbet, Gustave Famous Art

Gustave Courbet was a French painter and chief figure in the Realist movement of the mid-19th century. His paintings often contained an emotional bleakness, and were praised for their precision and use of light. Along with Delacroix, Courbet was a key influence on the Impressionists.

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Currin, John Biography, Art & Analysis

Currin, John

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Currin, John Famous Art

John Currin is best known for his provacative subject matter and technical precision. Due to some of his blatantly pornographic figure paintings, Currin has been attacked for being sexist; accusations he sometimes purposely plays upon in his satirical works.

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Dalí, Salvador Biography, Art & Analysis

Dalí, Salvador

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Dalí, Salvador Famous Art

Salvador Dalí was a Spanish Surrealist painter who combined a hyperrealist style with dream-like, sexualized subject matter. His collaborations with Hollywood and commercial ventures, alongside his notoriously dramatic personality, earned him scorn from some Surrealist colleagues.

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Delvaux, Paul Biography, Art & Analysis

Delvaux, Paul

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Delvaux, Paul Famous Art

Paul Delvaux was a Belgian Surrealist interested in exploring humanity and the hidden recesses of the subconscious by creating eerie scenes with characters such as nude women and suited men in bowler hats.

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Demuth, Charles Biography, Art & Analysis

Demuth, Charles

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Demuth, Charles Famous Art

Demuth was an important member of the early twentieth century Precisionist movement that emphasized sharp lines and clear geometric shapes. Challenging the boundaries of race, class, sexuality, and artistic tradition he was an instrumental part of advancing American modernism.

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Freud, Lucian Biography, Art & Analysis

Freud, Lucian

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Freud, Lucian Famous Art

Lucian Freud is a German-British painter, and the grandson of Sigmund Freud. He devoted himself almost entirely to portraiture, applying richer colors and impasto brushstrokes. In 2000 he was commissioned to paint England's Queen Elizabeth II.

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Grosz, George Biography, Art & Analysis

Grosz, George

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Grosz, George Famous Art

George Grosz was a German Dada and Neue Sachlichkeit artist. He was enamored of America and highly critical of Weimar society. Grosz immigrated to the United States just as Hitler came to power and opened a private art school in Des Moines.

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Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig Biography, Art & Analysis

Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig

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Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig Famous Art

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was one of the driving forces in the Die Brücke group that flourished in Dresden and Berlin before WWI, and one of the most talented and influential of the Expressionists.

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Klein, Yves Biography, Art & Analysis

Klein, Yves

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Klein, Yves Famous Art

Yves Klein attacked many of the ideas of the art world that underpinned abstract painting, audience participation, and other approaches to making and viewing art. Also, he famously used a single color, the rich shade of ultramarine that he made his own, "International Klein Blue."

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