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Erotica

Lesbian Love and Sex in Art History (NSFW!)

Lesbian love and sex are rarely seen in classical art history. But if you dig deep enough you will see many examples of artworks from the earliest...

Marija Canjuga 24 April 2024

European Art

The Most Painted Woman in the World Was Lesbian: Suzy Solidor

Born in 1900, Suzanne Louise Marie Marion, known as Suzy Solidor, was a French artist who sang and acted in movies, but over time she became most...

Pola Otterstein 24 April 2024

Artist Stories

Powerful or Problematic? Robert Mapplethorpe’s Photographs

Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe shocked the world with his images of bondage, gay sex, female bodybuilders and naked black men. Technically brilliant or politically problematic, what do you think?

Candy Bedworth 12 April 2024

WTF Art History

Forbidden Art – 10 Scandalous Cases of Censorship in Art

Art history is painted with shades of prohibition—works banned, artists silenced, and masterpieces under attack. From centuries past to the cutting...

Celia Leiva Otto 12 April 2024

Review

Rebel, Rebel: Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore

If I asked for your top 10 political artists, does Claude Cahun spring to mind? Marcel Moore? No, I guessed as much. But these two art activists had...

Candy Bedworth 12 April 2024

Artist Stories

Painting a Woman: The Story of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener Through Their Art

The Danish landscape artist Lili Elvenes (1882-1931), born Einar Wegener and better known as Lili Elbe, and her spouse, the Art Deco portrait artist...

Iolanda Munck 27 March 2024

Photography

Photographer Nan Goldin: Tender Truth Teller

Nan Goldin is an American photographer. She is just as famous for her art as she is for social activism, particularly around gay and transgender...

Candy Bedworth 23 March 2024

Tove Jansson: Reino Loppinen, Tove Jansson, 1956. Women Artists

Tove Jansson’s Life of Wonders

Best known for the Moomins from her series of novels, comic strips, and short stories, Tove Jansson was an illustrator, painter, and writer. Born in...

Natalia Tiberio 17 March 2024

Love Story

Lovebirds and Life Partners – Famous Artist Couples

Al Green famously sang “Let’s Stay Together” but artists are notorious for tempestuous relationships that often end badly. But hey, let’s...

Candy Bedworth 12 February 2024

Photography

Black Feminist Photographers Fighting for Social Inclusion of Marginalized People

This is a story of three Black female photographers who through their documentary photographs, handle and explore gender identity and related topics...

Petra Dragasevic 2 February 2024

Mermaids, Evelyn de Morgan, The Sea Maidens, 1885 History

Siren Song: History of Mermaids in Art

Benevolent or deadly? There are so many depictions of this mythical creature. Let's explore how mermaids have been portrayed in art.

Candy Bedworth 1 December 2023

Women Artists

Joan Eardley: Scottish Passion for People and Places

Her career lasted barely 20 years but Joan Eardley (1921–1963) left behind a huge cache of monumental seascapes and poignant portraits which are...

Candy Bedworth 20 November 2023