Prostitution, splendour and misery at the Musée d'Orsay

Prostitution, splendour and misery at the Musée d'Orsay

In the wake of Baudelaire, the ubiquity of prostitution in the Parisian society of the second half of the nineteenth century as a theme for paintings becomes a modern subject par excellence. This unprecedented exhibition organized by the Musée d'Orsay and Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, with the participation of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, shows how the artists working in Paris between the Second Empire and the Belle Epoque became fascinated with this shady subject and depicted it in revealing ways. The works of Constantin Guys and Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse Lautrec and Emile Bernard sometimes suggest the feverish atmosphere of a brothel, sometimes the privacy of the ladies before the guest's arrival. Here we see depictions of realities, fantasies and the tensions between. JR.

‘Splendour and Misery; Pictures of Prostitution, 1850 – 1910’ until January 17th , 2016 at the Musée d'Orsay
Another step will be at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam from February 19th to June 19th, 2016

Open daily, except Monday, from 9:30 to 18:00, Thursday until 21:45.
www.musee-orsay.fr

1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur Paris 7th
Tel. 01 40 49 48 14

Photo Musée d'Orsay - "Olympia" (1863) d'Edouard Manet (1832-1883) / Dist. RMN - Patrice Schmidt

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