Frank, personal and explicit: Egon Schiele's groundbreaking nudes —
Standing Nude with Stockings, 1914
Though widely lauded by art historians today, Schiele's nudes initially drew intense criticism from traditionalists and the public. A coy, blushing nude could be a masterpiece, but his challenging figures were considered more pornographic than artistic.
"Sometimes these poses are very frank in their sexuality and explicitness, and would have been totally beyond the pale for the academic context, or even affronting contemporary standards of morality," explains Barnaby Wright, Daniel Katz Curator of 20th Century Art at The Courtauld Gallery.