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Eugène Jansson och den svenska konsthistoriens sexualitet
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Fashion Studies.
2007 (Swedish)In: Lambda Nordica: Tidskrift om homosexualitet, ISSN 1100-2573, Vol. 12, no 3, 61-71 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [sv]

Eugène Jansson (1862–1915) is included in the Canon of Swedish History of Art, mostly thanks to his blue paintings of Stockholm. After 1904 he changed his motif and painted naked men; bathing, performing exercises och just looking at each other. For a long time his œuvre has been separated into two parts – Stockholmmotifs and naked men. In the writings of the history of art the later paintings has been considered to be “curiosities”.

From a queerperspective this article states that conceptions on sexual and erotic desire plays a part in the creation, interpretation, looking and collecting of art, as well as in the writing of art history, and asks questions on what conceptions on sexual and erotic desire are immersed in the Swedish History of Art.

The difficulty in handling the homoerotic desires of Jansson is possibly the result of that there has been strong ideas on the connections between heterosexual desire and artistic creation and creativity. These ideas prevail. What contemporary art is judged by art critics and art historians as “curiosities? On what grounds? What inclusions and exclusions are made, based on sexuality?

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2007. Vol. 12, no 3, 61-71 p.
Keyword [en]
queer, konsthistoria, nakna män, homoerotik, visuell kultur
National Category
Art History
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-17855OAI: diva2:184376
Available from: 2009-01-26 Created: 2009-01-26 Last updated: 2015-03-17Bibliographically approved

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