10 Of The Most Controversial Paintings Ever Created

The Guitar Lesson

In this painting, Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, a Polish-French painter, depicted pubescent young girls in many sexual positions. The painting sparked controversies because of its erotic nature, both among young girls and older women. It shows an old lady with a girl on her lap, pulling her private parts like a guitar.


Olympia by Edouard Manet features a naked woman as its subject and is said to be reminiscent of Goya’s La Maja Desnuda. The prostitute depicted in the painting is considered a form of vulgarity by several people, particularly because the nudity is brightly stressed through the use of very light colors.