Sensualism is a philosophical view that all recognitions come from sensation and perceptions of senses. The English philosopher John Locke (1632-1704) claimed that "there is nothing in the intellect that was not previously in the senses."

Sensualism, or so called the attempt to influence the senses through the forms and colors, is found in many artistic directions, such as in Baroque. The topics of the baroque paintings were also erotic. Sensualism prevails both in the expression of nature and in objects, as well as in human bodies and in their emotions. The baroque shows sexual tensions which are often symbolic. Sensual scenes, often perverse, were covered up by mythological or biblical titles in order to defend them.

The modern approach to Sensualism in colors was primarily exposed by Mark Rothko, who manipulated the colors and used them consciously to affect our senses, so our brain experiences more dimensions and it seems like the painting moves forward or deeper. It is important to see Sensualism, not only as an erotic flow in painting but also a way to influence the viewer. Often there is the Sensualism in the erotic art, but only because its colors and shapes affect us. In Mark Rothko's horizontal lines or abstract expressionism, there is no eroticism, but his colors and shapes still affect us with their Sensualism.

In most art movements and schools you can find sensory effects represented by - Sensualism.