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

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

By Cogeval, Guy
By Bakker, Nienke

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From the scandalous Olympia by Edouard Manet to Degas' The Absinthe Drinker, from Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Edvard Munch's forays into brothels to the bold figures and caricature portraits of Georges Rouault, Kees Van Dongen, and Pablo Picasso, this book foregrounds how the s...hadowy 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 maisons closes and 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, in which Balzac, Baudelaire, and Zola negotiated parallel questions of presentation and representation, reverie and reality. Comprehensive appendices include a complete list of works featured in the exhibition organized by medium, a selected bibliography, and an index of names. The book powerfully evokes the ambivalent place held by prostitutes in the midst of nascent modernity - from the splendours of the demimondaines to the miseries of the working girl pierreuses.
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ISBN 9782081372740
Released NZ 1 Jul 2016
Publisher Editions Flammarion
Format Hardback
8 In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9782081372740
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Editions Flammarion
Imprint Flammarion
Released 1 Jul 2016
Publication Country France France
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Cogeval, Guy
By Bakker, Nienke
Category History Of Art & Design Styles: C 1800 To C 1900
Painting & Paintings
Exhibition Catalogues And Specific Collections
Human Figures Depicted In Art
Number of Pages 308
Dimensions Width: 297mm
Height: 245mm
Spine: 30mm
Dewey Code 758.9306742
Weight 1,850g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
NBS Text Fine Arts / Art History
ONIX Text College/higher education