One can only wonder if it’s because of the new growing demographic having its sensibilities offended.
London Tube gets covered-up versions of Schiele nudes after it deems the originals too racy
As the art world plans to celebrate the centenary of Austrian expressionist painter Egon Schiele’s death, some of his nudes have been dubbed too racy to show in their full glory, not least in the London underground.
Austrian museums will next year host a series of exhibitions and events to mark the centenary of his passing but time has apparently not dimmed some of the prudish attitudes prevalent in his lifetime regarding his rawest works, Vienna Tourist Board director Norbert Kettner told AFP.
Two of his works — “Seated Male Nude (Self-Portrait),” from 1910, and his 1914 work “Girl With Orange Stockings,” appear with their genitals covered over after Transport for London found the uncensored originals beyond the pale.
Advertising hoardings in Germany have similarly covered the offending parts, even though the works were deliberately selected as “we wanted to raise a discussion and the theme of nudity seemed pertinent,” Kettner told AFP.