Finnish painter and designer Magnus Knut Enckell (1870-1925) was a gay male whose works reveal strong homoerotic overtones. In an original mixture of classical mythology and modern avant-garde, Enckell’s paintings of naked boys and men are openly erotic and sensual. The masculine nakedness in his paintings is never innocent, and the poses are quite uninhibited for the time period. Nonetheless, his figures combine sensuality with a certain spirituality. His erotic portraits were quite uninhibited for their time. Routledge’s Who’s Who in Gay and Lesbian History puts it, “His love affairs with men have not been denied … Enckell’s naked men and boys are openly erotic and sensual.”

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