Splendours and Miseries: Images of Prostitution in France, 1850-1910

Splendours and Miseries Images of Prostitution in France This work traces the artists and photographers who whether fascinated or repelled by prostitution in all its forms captured the realities and fantasies of this ambiguous world From the scandalous Olym

  • Title: Splendours and Miseries: Images of Prostitution in France, 1850-1910
  • Author: Nienke Bakker Isolde Pludermacher Marie Robert Richard Thomson Guy Cogeval
  • ISBN: 9782081372740
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This work traces the artists and photographers who whether fascinated or repelled by prostitution in all its forms captured the realities and fantasies of this ambiguous world From the scandalous Olympia by Manet to Degas s The Absinthe Drinker, from Toulouse Lautrec and Munch s forays into brothels to the bold figures and caricature portraits of Rouault, van Dongen, andThis work traces the artists and photographers who whether fascinated or repelled by prostitution in all its forms captured the realities and fantasies of this ambiguous world From the scandalous Olympia by Manet to Degas s The Absinthe Drinker, from Toulouse Lautrec and Munch s forays into brothels to the bold figures and caricature portraits of Rouault, van Dongen, and Picasso, this book foregrounds how the shadowy domain of prostitution played a central role in the development of modern painting In nine chapters, these paintings, sculptures, lithographs, sketches, photographs, and press clippings are given context within the moral framework of an era when prostitution was considered an unavoidable or enticing evil, powerfully evoking the ambivalent place held by prostitutes in the midst of nascent modernity, from the splendours of the demimondaines to the miseries of the working girl pierreuses.

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    1. Splendours & Miseries – Just Stunningly BeautifulSplendours & Miseries, Images of Prostitution in France, 1850 -1910 is one of the most beautiful books that will be published this year. It is actually an art catalogue for an exhibition that will take place in both France and Netherlands between September 2015 and June 2016 at the Musee d’Orsay and then at the Van Gogh Museum.As Guy Cogeval states that “It cannot be mere chance that the theme of prostitution should be an ever-presen [...]

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