Splendour and Misery. Pictures of Prostitution in France (1850-1910)

Splendeurs et misères. Images de la prostitution en France (1850-1910)

1, rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris, 75007
Admission: EUR 11 (entry to Orsay Museum, this exhibition is free) 
THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER OPEN - it ended on 17/01/2016
Opening Times
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 0930 - 1800
Wednesday: 0930 - 1800
Thursday: 0930 - 2145
Friday: 0930 - 1800
Saturday: 0930 - 1800
Sunday: 0930 - 1800
Closed December 25 and May 1.
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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.

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