Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres was well
thought of by the bourgeoisie, who enjoyed his erotic paintings
under guise of culture. Here is the art work ”The Turkish
bath" from 1862 ancient erotic.
The nineteenth century
represented one of the most taboo-laden periods in the history
of the Western world. The only acceptable relationship was heterosexual
marriage, and sex should take place only with a view to having
children. Art in this society functioned as a sort of safety valve
for sexual lust and frustrations, and in many cases hardcore
pornography was distributed via the pen or the paintbrush.
Most of it was kept well-hidden.