Bradley Smith (1910 – 1997) photographed and wrote The Erotic Art of the Masters: The 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries (Gemini Press, 1974) with an Introduction by Henry Miller (1891 – 1980), author of Tropic of Cancer.
A Time-Life photographer, Smith published twenty-three books. The Paris Writers Press acquired the world rights to four of his books and is publishing these large, vibrant books as digital and e-books. The Erotic Art of the Masters: The 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries has been divided into three digital books – one for each century.
Smith’s other publications include a series: France: A History in Art; Japan: A History in Art; and Spain: A History in Art. Additional books featured China and Mexico. He edited and produced My Life and Times by Henry Miller. Other biographies featured Gandhi and President Harry S. Truman. He also wrote for many publications including Life, Vogue and Paris Match.
In Henry Miller’s Introduction to The Erotic Art of the Masters, he wrote, “The selection of erotic paintings and sculptures in this book represents the work of esteemed artists. Their work has been admired, often venerated by the critics and connoisseurs of their time…What would be a viable definition for erotic art? Whatever, I would say, excites your senses, increases your appetite, incites lust and abandon.”