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This exhibition focuses on the sensitive subject of prostitution, trying to retrace the way French and foreign artists, fascinated by the people and places involved in prostitution, have constantly sought to find new pictorial resources for depicting the realities and fantasies it implied.
A lot of well know artists and major figure of the xixth century, from Manet and Toulouse-Lautrec or from Vlaminck to Picasso, have used models and subjects that ambivalent subjects depicting prostitutes, from the splendour of the demi-mondaine to the misery of the pierreuse (street walker).
The topic is also covered with regard to its social and cultural dimensions through Salon painting, sculpture, decorative arts décoratifs and photography.
Edgar Degas was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject ... read more
Édouard Manet was a French painter. One of the first 19th-century artists to approach modern and postmodern-life subjects, he was a ... read more
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman and illustrator whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical ... read more
Pablo Picasso was a Spanish artist who spent most of his life in France. Picasso is commonly regarded as one of the artists who most ... read more