The Male Gaze: Classic Erotica From Your Favorite Artists

Artists have been intimately expressing their personal fantasies with erotic art for centuries. Serving as a branch off the female nude, a long standing staple in art history, erotic drawings have known to be the talk of controversy. However, three kings reign supreme when it comes to the contemporary artistry of erotic drawings: Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Egon Schiele.

Pablo Picasso is no stranger to promiscuity and passion. With his erotic sketches, he plays out his explicit fantasies and desires around women. A large portion of his erotic drawings were created in his early years, specifically between 1902 and 1903.

Henri Matisse once said, “Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.” He enjoyed drawing intimate depictions of the female form and the female nude. One might say his favorite subject matter to draw was in fact the erotic.

Egon Schiele’s erotic works might be graphic, grotesque and even disturbing but Schiele’s opinion on erotic art is far from isolating; “Erotic works of art are also sacred.” His distorted interpretation of both the female and male body make him the rebel of erotic works.

In light of these artists, whose paintings dripping with sensuality have mostly flown under the radar, we find ourselves wanting to know more. Who is your favorite erotica artist, classic or contemporary?

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