Two Nudes within the Forest (the planet earth it self) (1939), Frida Kahlo
Reader matter: ‘I’m wondering about lesbian art, i.e. art depicting lesbian fans. What exactly are a few of the earliest samples of this? The explanation I’m asking is because we realize a lot about homosexuality between guys several years ago, and I also have also heard some individuals state that homosexuality between ladies is really a “modern phenomenon”.’
That is a crucial subject for me. That’s because we, the art historian behind this web site, are already a queer girl. (not really a big shocker to whoever understands me personally.)
Which means I’m always on the lookout for representations of relationships and identities like personal in art, news and pop music culture. But while art history is full of opposite-sex love tales, think about lesbian along with other female that is queer in art? Can it be also here after all?
The solution is: yes, needless to say it really is. This is definitely not the case although you may have heard people say that lesbianism is a “modern phenomenon.
However, it is correct that our present tips of intimate orientation are a contemporary (and Western) occurrence. Therefore, before we get into lesbianism in art history, I would ike to focus on an extremely brief description associated with the reputation for queer feminine identity in general.
Before 18 th – 19 th century Europe, kinds of “homosexual”, “heterosexual” and “bisexual” didn’t occur – at the least maybe maybe not with those names. Those who were interested in the same sex in the 18 th and 19 th centuries, people were very interested in “deviant” sexualities: the sexuality of children, criminals, and, of course. (see Michel Foucault’s the annals of Sexuality Vol. 1, 1976, to find out more.) There clearly was a growing aspire to categorize and label these sexualities. (more…)