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Splendours and Poverties – Images of prostitution in France (1850-1910)

The Orsay museum is dedicating a vast exhibition to the image of prostitution in art at the turn of the 20th century. It’s a great event.

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Splendours and Poverties – Images of prostitution in France (1850-1910)

The Orsay museum is dedicating a vast exhibition to the image of prostitution in art at the turn of the 20th century. It’s a great event.

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From Tuesday 22 September 2015 to Sunday 17 January 2016

Musée d'Orsay

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edvard Munch, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso and Maurice de Vlaminck are all painters with one thing in common: they all devoted some time to the subject of prostitutes and prostitution sites. For the first time, the Orsay museum is organising a vast exhibition on this topic which gained the interest of several artists.

This exhibition highlights the importance of the representation of this universe in the evolution of modern painting, from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th. It also looks at decorative arts, sculpture and photography and looks at the status of prostitutes, from the splendour of courtisans to the poverty of street hustlers.  

It’s an original and passionate look at a subject which makes it a new thing.

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