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

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

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

This beautiful catalogue for an exhibition at Musée D'Orsay presents depictions of prostitution. Including works by Édouard Manet, Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edvard Munch and Pablo Picasso, this book foregrounds how the shadowy domain of prostitution played a central role in the development of modern painting. In nine chapters, readers roam the streets of Paris and head into its private boudoirs, where courtesans―often actresses, singers, or dancers―were looked after by rich protectors. These famous paintings, sculptures, lithographs, sketches, and press clippings are given context within the moral framework of a time when prostitution was considered―depending on the point of view―as an unavoidable or enticing evil.

The catalogue also demonstrates how the works of art are intrinsically bound to the literary works of the period. Comprehensive appendices include a complete list of works featured in the exhibition organised by medium, a selected bibliography, and an index of names. 

One of The Spectator's Art Books of the Year 2016.

  • Authors: Nienke Bakker and Guy Cogeval
  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Date published: May 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1906270865
  • Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 24.5 cm