All Art is Erotic

Artist: Gustav Klimt Born: 14 July 1862, Baumgarten, Austro-Hungarian Empire Nationality: Austrian Movement: Symbolism, Art Nouveau, Died: 6 February 1918, Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire Gustav Klimt is remembered as one of the greatest decorative painters of the 20th century, while also producing the century’s most significant body of erotic art. Initially he found success in his … Continue reading All Art is Erotic

Symbolism

Symbolism Started: 1880 Ended: 1910 Symbolism was both an artistic and literary movement that suggested ideas through symbol and emphasized the meaning behind lines, forms, shapes and colour.

20th Century Avant-Garde

Surrealism is the channelling of the sub-conscious that unlocks the power of the imagination. It is the belief that the conscious, rational mind represses the power of imagination and creativity with perceived reality and the taboos of society. The psyche within sub-conscious thought acts as a revelation, exposing the incongruities of everyday living, life and the world around us, and by doing so inspires conscious revolution. As with Romanticism this emphasis was on the power of personal imagination, but Surrealists believed that revelation could be found in the everyday world. The interest in primitivism and myth combined with tapping into the unconscious mind inspired many later movements and styles that remain influential today.

The Pre-Raphaelites

The Pre-Raphaelites The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was a group of English artists, poets and art critics, founded in 1848 by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. They were joined by William Michael Rossetti, Frederic George Stephens, James Collinson, and Thomas Woolner. Their principles were hared among other artists such as Ford Madox Brown and Arthur Hughes. Dante Gabriel Rossetti inspired a later, medievalising strain which included Edward Burne-Jones extended into the 20th Century with artists such as John William Waterhouse.