Exclusions in History of art: Desire and Creativity

In the latter part of the 19th century, the term homosexuality was established. Same sex sexual acts had naturally been performed before but under different names.

Women and men who called themselves homosexual sought the company of one another, creating social networks.
Sexual and erotic desire is often stated as a source of artistic creativity, almost always referring to heterosexual attraction. Artists finding creativity in same-sex desire have often been written out of history, or they have had parts of their works toned down, disregarded or ignored. What notions of sexuality and creativity underlie the processes of inclusion and exclusion in the history of art?

Picture: Self portrait, Eugène Jansson

Self portrait, Eugène Jansson


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