Since ancient times, a wide array of painters have obtained fame through their impressive works of art. Many of them have created timeless masterpieces that remain close to the hearts of people, even until today. However, some of the most famous painters in history are also known for their offensive paintings, which have become controversial either because of their erotic depictions or their blasphemous impressions. Here is a list of the 25 most offensive paintings ever created in history. What painting has offended you the most?
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The Prophet by Cedric Chambers
This painting by Cedric Chambers has sparked controversies because of its depiction of Jesus Christ being carried by Darth Vader, with images of the Twin Towers at the background. This painting was found offensive by at least three parties, including the Roman Catholic Church, the fans of Star Wars and New Yorkers.
Goddess Lakshimi Naked on Shri Gangesh’s Head by MF Hussain
The “Picasso of India” painted this masterpiece which has become one of the most controversial paintings of the modern era. It features nude females in different erotic positions. When it was exhibited, eight criminal complaints against the painter were initially filed.
The Guitar Lesson by Balthasar Klossowski de Rola
In this painting, Polish-French painter De Rola depicted young girls in several erotic positions. It sparked controversies because of its erotic nature, both among older women and young girls. This painting shows an old woman with a young girl on her lap, pulling her genitals like a guitar.
Self-Portrait by Albrecht Durer
This self-portrait was created at a time when northern Europe was already starting to adopt Renaissance art. It became highly controversial because the position of Durer was supposed to be the position of Christ. In this painting, Durer was facing the viewer and has his other hand right at the middle of his chest, as if offering a blessing. This was found blasphemous by the Catholic Church and the public.
Olympia by Edouard Manet
Olympia by Edouard Manet features a female nude as its subject and is said to be reminiscent of the La Maja Desnuda masterpiece of Goya. The self-assured prostitute depicted in this painting is considered a form of vulgarity by many, especially because the nudity is very brightly stressed through the use of light colors.