Monday 7 May 2012

Wild Horses: the erotic art of Władysław Podkowiński

H.G. Wells once observed that "energy in security takes to art and to eroticism". The need for human sexual gratification expresses itself in many ways, not least artistically.

Frenzy of Exultations (1894) is a painting by Władysław Podkowiński (1866-1895) said to depict the orgasm. Or it could just be a naked woman with flaming read hair riding a black horse that appears to be falling helplessly. When the painting was first exhibited, it is said to have been accompanied by an atmosphere of sensationalism and scandal (Wikipedia). Still, 12,000 people turned up to see it which suggests that maybe people also like to be shocked. The feeling of indignation it gives rise to is almost orgasmic - No?

Podkowiński-Szał uniesień-MNK
Władysław Podkowiński [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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