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    Comparing Erotic & Nude Art: What’s The Difference?

    Erotic and nude art have some similar attributes, but they are ultimately two different genres. In this piece, we take a look at how to recognize the difference between them. As an erotic art gallery, we...

    Erotic and nude art have some similar attributes, but they are ultimately two different genres. In this piece, we take a look at how to recognize the difference between them. As an erotic art gallery, we often see confusion between these two artistic genres. This piece will help to see how they differ.

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    Crucifix | Ben Ernst

    Defining Nude Art

    Nude art is any fine artwork that depicts the naked human body as its primary subject. It has been a longstanding genre across many forms of media throughout the ages. From the nude statues of the Ancient Greeks, to Renaissance painters like Sandro Botticelli, to modern nude photographers like Ben Ernst.

    The human form has been a central theme in art since inception, and nudity the most honest depiction and expression of it.

    Defining Erotic Art

    Erotic art is fine artwork that is intended to arouse the viewer, and/or depicts sexual activity. Both erotic themes and artistic merit define this genre. Erotic art could be appreciated as fine art even void of arousal. This separates it from pornography or obscenity.

    Although erotic and nude art are generally separate genres, there are similarities between the two. These grey areas are largely responsible for common misidentification between the genres.

    The Grey Areas

    In the public eye, these two genres are too often seen as one and the same. One of the big causes of this is the use of nudity itself. But, nudity alone does not constitute erotica. Erotic nude art is a popular subgenre that may further the confusion, as it falls directly into both categories.

    All nude art depicts nudity. Erotic art depicts eroticism, with or without nudity. Just because artwork shows the naked body, does not automatically qualify it as erotic art.

    There are many themes and fetishes in erotic art that do not involve nudity. Fetish apparel, for instance, ascribes sexuality to wearing certain clothes. Pin-up photography is a popular category of erotica that, more often than not, does not contain nudity. Artists frequently depict eroticism without nudity.

    Lesbian Erotic Art
    Steven Perry | Lick My Donut


    Other categories of erotic art, such as bondage photography, contain nudity although it is not the primary erotic driver. Instead, that comes from factors like the exchange of power, intimacy, and mastery of skill.

    Another factor that frequently draws a parallel between the two genres is censorship. Both erotic and nude art have fallen victim to censorship. In theory, censorship is intended to protect the public from offensive or harmful material. Instead, it too often sees use as a means of suppressing artistic creation.

    Neither nudity nor erotica necessarily falls under the vein of “offensive” or “harmful” so long as they constitute fine art. The arguments for and against the censorship of both genres are similar enough that they are easily painted with the same brush.

    Key Differences Between Erotic & Nude Art

    The two key differences between erotic and nude art are the intent and the effect. Although both genres are fine art, they serve separate purposes.

    Erotic art has the specific intention of causing arousal in the viewer. Intent is how many artists categorize the piece as belonging to one genre or the other. Nude art is not made with this intention, even though it can cause arousal in viewers. The difference is whether eroticism is clearly the purpose.

    For example, consider a popular bit among comedians discussing the Sears catalog. They tell stories of being aroused by Sears models during their youth, tearing out pages or hoarding catalogs. Of course, the intention the Sears catalog was not to evoke arousal. So even though arousal may have occurred to a minority of viewers, it did not constitute erotic art.

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    1970s Sears Catalog | Lingerie Ads


    Having said that, effect can determine a piece as an erotic nude, rather than a nude. Regardless of the artist’s intent, if the majority of viewers find the piece evokes an erotic arousal, it may fall under the category of erotica. The difference between this and the Sears example is that the people perceiving the art as erotic in the example are outliers rather than a general consensus.

    Effect can work the opposite way as well. For example, an erotic photographer may have prints of a nude model intended for viewers with a foot fetish. For those without a foot fetish, they can appreciate the artistic value of the piece, but the erotic appeal may be lost on them. Outside of this particular fetish community, this piece may be deemed nude art rather than erotic.

    Fetish Art
    Watermelon Toes | Perry Gallagher


    Does Individual Perception Matter?

    From a broad categorization sense, the difference between nudity and erotica isn’t based on the individual viewer. But, from a more personal standpoint, individual perception matters more. The owner of erotic artwork may choose to purchase and/or display an art print because of their personal connection with it.

    When buying art, the most important aspect is finding a piece that appeals to your tastes, sensibilities, and desires. For more tips for buyers view our Guide to Shopping for Limited Edition Art. Or, browse our gallery of nude and erotic art from both established and up-and-coming artists.

    Art Provocateur is the premier online gallery of erotic art prints.  Browse our galleries of limited edition and one-of-a-kind artwork. We have the largest selection of erotic and nude art from both established artists and rising stars.

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    Why You Should Buy Limited Edition Art

    There’s a prestige that goes along with owning limited edition art, but it comes with a price tag. Is it really worth it with so much mass-produced art available for less? True, limited edition fine art...

    There’s a prestige that goes along with owning limited edition art, but it comes with a price tag. Is it really worth it with so much mass-produced art available for less? True, limited edition fine art prints aren’t for everybody, but their appeal is hardly just for collectors and connoisseurs.

    We take a look at some of the reasons you may want to shop for limited edition art:

    Erotic Photography
    Frank Verbreyt | Geisha (3)

    Because You Want To Make An Investment

    Art is a unique investment. When you invest in stocks, your investment is all but invisible until you sell. With investing in real estate there is constant maintenance and you have to pray the housing market doesn’t collapse like it did in 2008.

    When you buy art, on the other hand, you have the immediate benefit of owning art. You don’t need to fix it or maintain it, you can simply enjoy it in your home, office, or collection. This makes art an appealing investment as you wait for its value to mature.

    Limited edition art appreciates in value over time. As the artist grows in popularity early prints can be especially valuable. Buying from emerging artists can be especially lucrative, as the value of their work has the potential for a significant increase as the artist makes their way into the spotlight.

    Mass produced art doesn’t have this same appreciation because the lack of scarcity makes it too available to retain high value. Limited edition art prints have an inherent scarcity due there being only a select number of prints. As well, they are a lower-risk investment than original or one-of-a-kind art because their initial price is lower.

    The art investment market is in a state of growth. Especially in the West where the USA has become the largest art market in the world.

    Limited edition Photography
    Alexrm | Wind

    Because The Quality Is Better

    The digital era is ushering in the democratization of art. While online print-on-demand shops services like Printful and Redbubble allow for the mass production of art, allowing artists to sell easily. However, the quality of these prints is more dubious.

    Mass art producing companies do not adhere to the same strict quality standards as you find in limited edition art. For limited prints, the printer and artist may go through a number of proofs, setting up the printer to get the perfect print before production commences.

    It’s not just the printing that is better. The quality of the medium being printed on matters as well. Using the highest quality printing paper and canvas results in a more appealing, more professional product that lasts.

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    Nudes by Pierto | Chiara #8

    Because You Want To Support The Artist

    Buying art is the best way to support artists and the art community at large. Purchasing fine art prints doesn’t just help support the artist financially. It also helps them refine their art to match their audience, as well as growing their reputation.

    Successfully selling limited edition art collections help artists get their name out. Sales make it easier for them to get features in galleries, magazines, online reviews, and can even help them secure more commission work.

    When you purchase limited edition art, you help grow the artist’s value and reputation. In turn, this increases the value of the art you purchase.

    Couples Erotic Art
    Ben Ernst | What Love Has To Do With It

    Because The Distribution Is Limited

    Limited edition art has fewer prints. Fewer prints mean greater scarcity, which means each print has greater value. While this is great for investment purposes, the benefits are not only financial.

    The scarcity means your fine art print is more unique. That makes it more personal to you. You can really make a statement about you and/or the room you are decorating when the piece is less readily available. Mass produced art can look nice, but it doesn’t speak the same way.

    More unique art is an effective conversation piece and has more allure. People are attracted to art they are unfamiliar with. It gives a better impression of your art knowledge as well as adding prestige.

    Erotic Photographer
    Craig Colvin | Womb Mates

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    Art Provocateur is an online gallery featuring the finest limited edition nude and erotic art from a mix of established and growing artists. We partner with the highest quality printing services and even have exclusive contracts with some of our artists. You can discover titillating fine art prints you won’t find anywhere else.

    Browse our collection of limited edition erotic art today.

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    Sexy Pin Up Art | Sexism or Feminism?

    Tantalizing and artistic, a fascination with pin-up prints and girls has endured for over a century. But ever since its rise to popularity people have debated over the social impact of sexy pin-up art. Is...

    Tantalizing and artistic, a fascination with pin-up prints and girls has endured for over a century. But ever since its rise to popularity people have debated over the social impact of sexy pin-up art. Is it sexism or feminism?

    For decades pin-up art has been both celebrated as a symbol of feminism and criticized as oppressive sexism. We take a look at which is true.

    Sexy Pinup
    Sexy Pinup

    Criticisms of Sexy Pin-Up Art

    Ever since the beginning of sexy pin-up prints, there have been criticisms. Two of the most common critiques have been the objectification of women and the corruption of social morality.

    In the early days of vintage pin-up art, even celebrities were taking part. For actresses, sexuality was the key to public recognition, fame, and success on-screen. As such, they would seek to make and distribute sexy vintage pin-up art as a form of self-promotion.

    Some people see this as proof that pin-up art is the objectification of women. In reality, it was a symptom or, more appropriately, a reaction to a system that objectified women. For many, pin-up art was a tool that allowed women to gain notoriety in an unequal society.

    Another common complaint is that this erotic art corrupt social morality. This criticism was inevitable. Pin-up girls are the direct descendent of burlesque photography and culture. Burlesque intentionally runs against the grain of societal norms. So any offshoot of it was likely to rub some people the wrong way.

    Throughout history, emerging art forms and ideas have always been met with heavy criticisms. From historical thinkers like Socrates to modern art forms like video games, new concepts and arts always face accusations of corrupting the youth.

    For pin-up art prints, the positives far outweigh the criticisms.

    Sexy Pinup
    Sexy Pinup

    Positive Body Image

    The pin-up model is a celebration of the bodies of real women that predates Dove’s celebrated Real Beauty campaign by over a hundred years. From its outset, pin-up prints have propagated positive body image. Rejecting the Victorian era’s zeal for bodily shame.

    The simple makeup and apparel that accentuates the feminine body focusing on natural female beauty. The pin-up model isn’t chasing false beauty ideals. She is confident in her own body and celebrates her sexuality.

    Healthy Body Type

    Early pin-up models helped to establish healthy body types as desirable. It encourages women to celebrate a clean, healthy, real feminine body. As Meghan Trainor would say, “I won’t be no stick-figure, silicone Barbie doll.”

    Sexy Pinup Illustration
    Sexy Pinup Illustration

    Erotic Self-Awareness & Expression

    The sexual revolution often receives credit as one of the most important events in feminism. Pin-up model Bettie Page is heralded as the catalyst of the sexual revolution. Vintage pin-up art, however, had already been giving women a means of erotic self-awareness and expression since the 1890s.

    The pin-up girl is sexually liberated, a testament to feminine beauty and sexuality.

    Shop Vintage Pin-Up Art For Sale

    Today, vintage pin-up art remains popular and impactful in the erotic art community. It crosses bridges of BDSM art and fetish themes that celebrate femininity. Discover pin-up art for sale in our online gallery today.

    Art Provocateur is the premier online gallery of erotic art prints.  Browse our galleries of limited edition and one-of-a-kind artwork. We have the largest selection of erotic and nude art from both established artists and rising stars.

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    Guide to Shopping for Limited Edition Art

    You don’t need to be an art aficionado to own limited editions. Collectors and interior designers alike agree that shopping for limited edition art is your best option whether you’re buying a single...

    You don’t need to be an art aficionado to own limited editions. Collectors and interior designers alike agree that shopping for limited edition art is your best option whether you’re buying a single piece or growing a collection.

    Limited Edition Erotica
    Santillo | Mantis

    There are a number of benefits to buying limited edition art that go beyond exclusivity. They also offer higher-quality prints and are better investments than mass-produced prints. On top of all this, they also offer a more unique look. Mass-produced art may have mass appeal, but it doesn’t really say anything unique about you or your home.

    This guide can help anyone from professional decorators to first-time buyers learn what to look for when shopping for limited edition artwork.

    Female Form Limited Edition Art
    Nai Sirrom | Brown Paper Bag Sack Lunch

    Size of Edition

    The size of the edition is the number of prints available for a piece, not the actual dimensions of the print. So if, for example, an edition is limited to 200 prints, the size of the edition is 200. The edition size is unchanging.

    As a rule, the more limited the edition in number of prints, the greater its relative value. This also helps to increase the art’s appreciation. Over time, other prints may become damaged, lost, or simply owned by people who are unwilling to sell. These factors make the piece rarer and difficult to find. As a result, the value increases.

    The dimensions of the print can come into play in the edition size. Often, artists will offer smaller prints in greater edition sizes than larger prints. This way, more people have access to their art. But, people who buy big prints still get a unique, more exclusive piece of art.


    A proof is an impression made by the printer to ensure the print is ready for production. The artist’s proofs will often have notes or even sketches on them with any necessary changes for the print.

    Although proofs were initially intended as a quality assurance device before printing a full edition, they have since become desirable pieces of art.

    An artist’s proof is not included in the size of an edition. Due to their scarcity and the uniqueness of having the artist’s notes on the artwork, artist’s proofs can have greater value than a completed print.

    A proof isn’t for everyone though. Although a proof can yield a higher investment, many people prefer to have the completed art print, designed as the artist intended. This is especially true if the art is intended to be displayed in the home. Generally, proofs are most prized amongst collectors.

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    Marco Tenaglia | Woman Pouring Water Into…

    Look For Rising Talents

    Whether you want to get the most for your money or have more unique art, purchasing from rising artists is a great option. Their work is generally less expensive than bigger names that are already established.

    As well, someone with a good eye for rising talent can stand to get a great return on their investment. Once they establish themselves, the value of their early work rises drastically. Pairing this with the low initial cost makes for a great investment.

    It’s not just a financial investment. Established artists may fall out of fashion. But a rising star is only going to grow in vogue. You can be ahead of the curve and on top of the art scene by shopping limited edition art from emerging artists.

    Buying from emerging talent is also a great way to support them. If you appreciate their art style, you can help influence the art scene by purchasing their art, as well as directly supporting that artist as well.

    Print Quality

    Limited edition art generally has greater print quality than mass-produced artwork. With a limited number of prints, each has to come out perfect and with a lasting quality. When shopping for limited prints, be sure to find out how the distributor prints and ships the pieces.

    At Art Provocateur Gallery, each of our erotic art prints are backed by the APG Guarantee. We work exclusively with certified Hahnemühle fine art printers. They are printed on the highest quality fine art materials and are delivered with an approved carrier or specialty white glove service.

    Every limited edition art print we offer comes with a Certificate of Authenticity hand-signed by the artist.

    Black & White Erotica
    Yevgeniy Repiashenko | Adventure

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    With these pointers in mind, you are ready to buy your next limited edition print. You can search for your favourite established and upcoming artists, or browse our gallery of limited edition erotic art to find the most tantalizing pieces available.


  • Madonna | Erotic Years

    Taking the 80s by storm, Madonna stands as a legendary sex symbol who truly revolutionized the social culture of her decade. Embracing sex and rebellion as the cornerstones of her image, she fearlessly...

    Taking the 80s by storm, Madonna stands as a legendary sex symbol who truly revolutionized the social culture of her decade. Embracing sex and rebellion as the cornerstones of her image, she fearlessly bashed conservative family values, leading an age of sexual liberation and free expression. With her risqué performances and clothes, she standardized a whole new level of provocation, carving her place as the queen of pop, and most importantly, the icon who empowered women to embrace their sexuality and social autonomy.

    Madonna was a leader of a revolution that forever influenced the way we perceive erotic art. Through her sexy photos, she became a sign of free expression, showing the world that provocative art is more than just a feast for the eyes; it’s a symbol of empowerment and unbridled energy. In turn, Madonna’s exhibitionism expressed a clear agenda: Why merely shock people when you can lead a revolution?

    Madonna for Vogue Italia by Steven Meisel in 1991
    Steven Meisel | Madonna for Vogue Italia (1991)

    Madonna made this agenda clear in 1985 when she posed topless for Playboy in collaboration with the photographer, Bill Stone. In these monochromatic photos, she poses full-frontal with unshaved privates and underarms, indicating a trendy bohemian attitude toward her nakedness.

    Madonna underarms by photographer Bill Stone in 1985
    Bill Stone | Madonna (1985)

    The plain backdrop—instead of the standard glamorous background, enhances this effect, Madonna is posing within commonplace settings in most of the photos. Her simplicity and bluntness indicates a genuine, unembellished ownership over her body, producing an eroticism that is both real and attainable.

    Madonna by photographer Steven Meisel in 1992
    Steven Meisel | Madonna (1992)

    However, Madonna’s photos were perceived as lewd and distasteful, provoking a surge of public controversy surrounding her image as both a pop star and role model. Nevertheless, Madonna’s full-on nudity showed a rich confidence and a willingness to confront the conservative values of her era.


    The authenticity and openness of her eroticism demonstrated self-approval and true liberation. In turn, she stripped away the shame and indignity that was commonly associated with erotic photography and introduced a rich and meaningful revival of this genre.

    Madonna photographed by Steven Meisel in 1992
    Steven Meisel | Madonna (1992)

    As her sexual identity matured, she continued to push the intensity of her erotic art. On October 21, 1992, she released “Sex,” a coffee table book filled with soft-core pornographic photographs. Shot by Steven Meisel Studio, the pictures carried a sadomasochistic nature, depicting Madonna in various bondage-related poses and interactions. Every aspect of the scene represented lawlessness and youth: her untidy bleached hair, the rope and cuff restraints, and the overall explicitness of the act.

    Madonna was dubbed “The Queen of obscene.”

    Traditionalists and moralists believed she had gone too far, while her fans shared mixed reactions – some bewildered, some amazed and some inspired. But most importantly, these antics begged the question: why?

    At the heart of these photographs, we’re not merely seeing an aimless sensationalist at work, but rather something more powerful. She unleashes an inner ferocity that is inherent in all of us, but often suppressed. As a result, her photos not only bash the squeamish mainstream views of her time, but also invite people to welcome sexuality with new eyes.


    Despite all the scandal surrounding Madonna’s eroticism, there really was a method to her antics. As the ringleader of modern sexuality through the 80s, Madonna’s exploits can be viewed as a demonstration of empowerment. Her naughty trademark and explicit nudity was a pathway to a new age of women and culture.

    RE, Toronto (2015)


    Explore the Art Provocateur Gallery to shop the most enticing erotic art for sale. Discover art prints ranging from erotic and nude photography to pin-ups and paintings. Start building your collection today and learn the tantalizing thrills of decorating with nude art.

  • Romantic Art Pieces For The Bedroom

    Whether rekindling a spark or stoking a still burning fire, the spirit of romance is alive and well in erotica. Inviting erotic and nude art into the bedroom is one of the most effective and tasteful ways...

    Whether rekindling a spark or stoking a still burning fire, the spirit of romance is alive and well in erotica. Inviting erotic and nude art into the bedroom is one of the most effective and tasteful ways to cultivate a romantic environment.

    There is a growing trend of art lovers featuring erotic romantic art paintings and pieces in the bedroom. It’s a trend that spreads widely from bachelors and bachelorettes to long-married couples.

    Romantic Art Bedroom
    Santillo | Détaché (Acte 1, Scène 2)

    In many ways, this trend is not new. The bedroom has long been the subject of romantic art and decor. Passionate colours like red and orange are common accents in the bedroom, candles are found on bedroom tables, and prints of romantic movie posters or album covers can often be on display. All of these are meant to develop an environment of erotic and romantic arousal.

    Today, however, there is a greater shift towards sexual art paintings, photographs, and prints for this purpose. Although erotic art is still taboo in many circles, it holds a tantalizing appeal in the romantic arena.

    Couples and singles alike are discovering the benefits of charging their bedroom with romantic erotica.

    Romantic Art Bedroom
    Young | Give Her A Whirl

    The Benefits of Romantic Art in the Bedroom

    Romances among couples can benefit from decorating the bedroom with erotic art. It is an intimate art form in a room that belongs just to the couple. Many of the other rooms in the house are shared with guests and/or other family members. he bedroom is the couple’s romantic sanctuary.

    Adding tasteful erotic art liberalizes lovemaking and creates a personal, loving environment. It is not merely having the art that can benefit couples but shopping for romantic art together.

    Choosing pieces together ensures you pick things that will romantically inspire both of you for years to come. The act can bring you closer together and can be romantically awakening as well. It’s a way to explore each others’ fantasies and interests.

    Romantic Art Bedroom
    Repiashenko | Adventure

    Singles benefit from decorating the bedroom with romantic art as well. A tasteful erotic painting is an artistic and inviting way to express sexuality. It can inspire a romantic mood with new partners and encourage sexual liberation.

    Choosing Romantic Art for the Bedroom

    The goal of selecting romantic bedroom art is to find and elegant and appealing way to decorate with nude art. It may feature nude or sexually suggestive art that composes or enhances a romantic atmosphere.

    Romantic art is arousing, intimate and personal. In choosing romantic art for the bedroom, it’s important to consider your tastes and interests. What is it you want to express or evoke? Different pieces may suggest naughty play, evoke passion or display specific fetish themes. The important thing is to find a piece that has a meaning or stirring specific to your desires.

    You may want to look deeper beyond the aesthetics, researching the meaning behind the romantic art pieces and the artists who create them.

    Israni | Inner Outer ii

    In addition to meaning and appeal of the piece itself, consider the room it is being placed in. Decorating the bedroom for romance is a balance between the overall aesthetics of the room and creating an erotic, passionate space.

    Turn your bedroom into your romantic and sexual haven with our gallery of provocative art. Discover the latest in romantic art from the world’s best upcoming and established erotic artists.

    Romantic Art Bedroom
    Ernst | Cross


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    Capturing Sexuality With Burlesque Photography

    Burlesque photography is art intended to run against the grain of normal society. By design, this style is not for everyone, as it is often seen as shocking or offensive in the mainstream. But in the...

    Burlesque photography is art intended to run against the grain of normal society. By design, this style is not for everyone, as it is often seen as shocking or offensive in the mainstream. But in the world of erotic photography, burlesque is one of the most popular styles.

    Burlesque itself dates back as far as the 17th century in Spain. However, modern burlesque photography prints usually portray themes and styles from Victorian London or New York in the 19th and 20th centuries.

    Burlesque is best recognized for sexual themes and risqué comedy in a variety show format.

    Burlesque Photography
    Corrie Ancone | Luscious Scent 2010


    The Rise, Fall, & Revival of Burlesque

    The early roots of burlesque focused on parody and satire. It began as a literary movement, mocking or ridiculing themes in literary works. Even the Bard himself, William Shakespeare is sometimes considered as a burlesque playwright.

    It was often sexual in nature and critiqued or parodied serious subjects or societal norms. Early burlesque relied on an intellectual and highly literate audience.

    Burlesque Photography
    Patrick Kaas | Red Room
    Victorian Burlesque

    In the 1830s Victorian burlesque grew in popularity. The style had evolved into theatrical parody. Famous operas, plays, and ballets were recreated, with an absurdists view on their conventions, subjects.

    Travesty roles, where women in revealing tights play male characters, became a central theme. Music, sexuality, and garish dress became central themes in burlesque shows.

    By the end of the 19th-century burlesque had fallen out of favour in London, replaced with Edwardian musical comedy. But the tradition lived on in America.


    New York Burlesque

    Burlesque was introduced to New York during the heyday of Victorian burlesque. The American style became more of a variety show. Burlesques would include, songs, sketch comedy, acrobats, magicians, and political or theatrical parody. The grand finale was a fight or exotic dance.

    At the same time Victorian burlesque was fading in London, American burlesque began to flourish in New York. The shows became more sexual in nature, slowly developing into striptease shows.

    The popularity began to fade during prohibition and later was stamped out as nudity became more commonplace in theatre and cinema.



    The 1990s resurrected burlesque performances. Although modern burlesque keeps up with some of the older themes and styles, the tone and purpose have changed. Where once the stripteases and dress were intended for sexual gratification of the audience, it is now used in the artist’s self-discovery and expression.

    Burlesque Art Prints
    Andrews Lucas | Catherine

    Burlesque Photography

    The focus on erotica and sexual gratification remain in the works of burlesque photographers. They produce tantalizing burlesque prints that capture sexual and social taboos over the past 200 years.

    The costume and dress of the subjects often date back to the Victorian era performances and harken to other elements of burlesque shows. Old-time aerialist, magician, and circus performer garb and activities are common.

    Burlesque Photo Print
    Stephen Perry | Masking The Mystery

    Some elements of neo-burlesque can play into this style of erotic photography. Boylesque, for instance, is relatively new. Boylesque is a role reversal where males are featured burlesques’ typical female roles. The men may be dressed in drag, or performing stripteases and erotic dances.

    Art Provocateur Gallery has prints, originals, and limited works from some of today’s best burlesque photographers. Browse our burlesque gallery today.

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    Themes in Fetish Art

    Fetish art encompasses a wide range of objects, acts, and desires. Artwork may include people in fetish situations or featuring fetishized body parts or objects. [caption id="attachment_1130"...

    Fetish art encompasses a wide range of objects, acts, and desires. Artwork may include people in fetish situations or featuring fetishized body parts or objects.

    Fetish Photography
    Andrew Lucas | Into The Darkness

    Fetishism is a source of intrigue and sexual gratification. It has people attribute sexual pleasure through the presence or interaction of an object or body part. Their allure is so powerful that fetish objects were once attributed supernatural powers.

    Karl Marx describes a fetish as:

    “An inanimate object worshipped by savages on account of its supposed inherent magical powers.”

    Karl Marx on Technology and Alienation


    Not all subjects of fetish art are objects, nor are they all inanimate. They are often also attributed to body parts. While the subjects of fetishes have wide variety, so do the themes in fetish art. We take a look at the themes in some of the most well-recognized fetishes:

    1. Apparel
    2. BDSM
    3. Transvestitism
    4. Feet
    5. Watersports


    Themes in Fetish Apparel Art

    Fetish clothes are many peoples’ first introduction to fetish art. Cartoons and comics often depict the villains wearing intimidating BDSM inspired apparel, such as Catwoman’s whip, claws, and tight leather one-piece.

    Fetish Apparel Art
    Paul Buceta | Sin City One

    High heels, leathers, and corsets are just a few of a wide variety of fetish apparel. This fetish ranges from something as tame as arousal from stockings, or more intense like bondage masks and zentai suits.

    The audience of apparel fetish art may be aroused by the apparel being worn by someone, or simply displayed on its own. Fetish clothing draws influence from other fetishes, so there is a lot of crossover between themes.

    Some of these themes include:

    • Power: Clothing is symbolic of power and social standing.
    • Domination: Dominatrix outfits, riding crops, and whips are just some examples of fetish clothing and accessories used to display dominance.
    • Femininity: Many of the clothing options, such as garters and corsets can accentuate and sexualize female features.
    • Sexual Suggestion: Clothing can be sexually suggestive, especially panties and undergarments that cover breasts and genitalia.


    Themes in BDSM Art

    BDSM art can span a number of fetish interests and pleasures. Bondage, domination and S&M art all fall under this umbrella and share a number of themes. Many of the themes are sub-themes of power exchange:

    • Submission: BDSM art may display someone submitting to another, or depict someone in a submissive position.
    • Humiliation: Receiving physical or verbal humiliation is a common BDSM desire. It is more common for erotic prints to depict physical humiliation than verbal.
    • Sex Change: In BDSM, a sex change is not necessarily changing the body, nor does it have to come from a desire of being the opposite sex. In most cases, it’s symbolic – wearing female clothing or changing the power dynamic by reversing traditional gender roles.
    Bondage Photography
    Craig Morey | Natalie 81091.09

    These themes are most common among men, especially ones in high social or financial status. It is a temporary release from the burdens of responsibility earned by giving up control.

    Other themes within BDSM are more common amongst both genders. However, all fetishes tend to skew more towards men. Some of these fetishes include:

    • Dominance: A common desire is to be dominant in sexual situations. Control is a powerful erotic stimulant for some. BDSM art can serve dual purposes for submissives and dominants. A photograph of someone being submissive can give the dom a sense of control or power. A sub can look at the same photo and experience the submissive experience through the subject.
    • Pain: In fetish art, pain and pleasure are two sides of the same coin. This is certainly true in BDSM art. Images of nipple clamps and hot wax being poured on the body will tantalize many S&M fans.


    Themes in Transvestitism Art

    Transvestitism is an often misunderstood fetish. It is often confused with transsexualism and homosexuality, although it is separate from both. A more commonly known term is crossdressing.

    Transvestitism is crossdressing for sexual pleasure. It usually does not come from a desire to become the opposite sex. It can involve wearing a complete outfit, or simply a single garment. A man wearing women’s panties or stockings are common examples.

    These are a few of the most common themes in Transvestitism art:

    • Forced: Transvestitism art often displays power and domination themes. One common image is forcing men to wear women’s clothing, this can also appeal to humiliation enthusiasts.
    • Role Reversal: Role reversal is another common use of transvestitism in fetish art. Dressing in the clothing of the opposite gender is a symbolic role reversal.
    • Clothing: Crossdressing is often an extension of a clothing fetish.
    • Gender Worship: Dressing in the apparel of the opposite gender is sometimes a form of gender worship or submission to the opposite gender.


    Themes in Foot Fetish Art

    Feet are one of the most well-known fetishes and are the most common sexual fetish for non-sexual body parts or objects. A foot fetishist may derive pleasure from viewing feet, playing with them, smelling, licking or kissing. Foot fetish art may display feet on their own, or being interacted with.

    Foot Fetish Photography
    Santillo | Tender Submission

    There are a number of explanations and erotic philosophies for the popularity of foot fetishes. One is that the areas in the brain that are responsible for sexual gratification are close to the area that registers information from the feet. The belief is that the proximity makes it easy to cross the wires.

    Another theory presented by Dr. James A Giannini of Ohio State University is that foot fetishes are appealing because they are safe. He links the frequency of foot fetishes throughout history with times of increased STI/STD scares.

    Some common themes in foot fetish art include:

    • Female Worship: Foot worship often has ties to female worship. In the above theory by Dr. Giannini, he also found the foot fetishes become more common at times of female empowerment.
    • Submission: Devotion to someone’s feet can be a form of submission. A literal example of the old phrase, “grovelling at one’s feet,” can give some erotic art patrons a thrill.
    • Shoes & Jewellery: Shoes and foot jewellery are extensions of a clothing fetish that is specific to feet. Some foot fetish art pieces simply display a shoe and no foot.
    • Foot Worship: Images of pampering, smelling, kissing, or licking feet are appealing to lovers of foot worship.

    Themes in Watersports Art

    Watersports art generally appeals to either urolagnia or urophilia. Urolagnia is sexual pleasure from viewing or partaking in watersports. Urophilia is a sexual arousal from urine itself.

    Watersport Mosaic
    Mosaic in Timgad | 100 A.D.

    Golden shower and watersports artwork has been found as far back as 100 AD. Here are a few common themes of watersports art:

    • Taboo: One of the appeals of watersports artwork is the taboo nature. A focus on breaking this taboo is liberating and exciting. Part of this taboo nature may be due to urination being treated as shameful or private at a young age.
    • Intimacy: The private nature of urination can give it an intimate appeal.
    • Power: Erotic prints with someone being urinated on display an exchange of power. It can also display dominance and submission.
    • Humiliation: Urine fetish art may create pleasure in the audience by displaying humiliation. This may be from a dominant forcing one to urinate, consume or smell urine.
    • Urine: For urophiles, watersports art may be about the urine itself.


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