Jan Saudek (b. 13 May 1935 in Prague, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech art photographer and painter. His best-known work is noted for its hand-tinted portrayal of painterly dream worlds, often inhabited by nude or semi-nude figures surrounded by bare plaster walls or painted backdrops. His early art photography is noted for its evocation of childhood.
Some of the works of Jan Saudek have entered popular culture in the West, being used as covers for the albums of Anorexia Nervosa (New Obscurantis Order), Soul Asylum (Grave Dancers Union), Daniel Lanois (For the Beauty of Wynona) and Beautiful South (Welcome to the Beautiful South).
As I said in the title, Jan Saudek seems to be some kind of an artist taken from the Renaissance Era. At least, there I was sent with my thoughts when I saw his artworks. For a bashful audience his works may be somehow vulgar, coarse, unrefined… Well, fuck them! I hate this kind of people, how I hate poverty. This is art my friends, and this is the revival of the Renaissance art. Jan Saudek puts the flesh from the big fat asess into a light that will make, even you, you fucking bashful onanists, pause and admire the creations that Saudek throws in your abject faces with a grace almost divine. Fell the pain of good art… This is my battle cry!