Read kindle Splendours and Miseries: Images of Prostitution in France, 1850-1910 By Nienke Bakker –

This volume brings some of the world s greatest anatomical models to light withthanillustrations, and discusses them in the context of ancient ritualistic burials, Victorian curiosities and the birth of contemporary fetishism Art Quarterly, October Of course, there has always been a strong association between art and the demi monde, but this book, published to accompany an exhibition at the Mus e d Orsay in Paris, takes a fresh look at paintings from the period Art Quarterly, October This work traces the artists and photographers whowhether fascinated or repelled by prostitution in all its formscaptured the realities and fantasies of this ambiguous world From the scandalous Olympia by Manet to Degass The Absinthe Drinker, from Toulouse Lautrec and Munchs forays into brothels to the bold figures and caricature portraits of Rouault, van Dongen, and Picasso, this book foregrounds how the shadowy domain of prostitution played a central role in the development of modern painting In nine chapters, these paintings, sculptures, lithographs, sketches, photographs, and press clippings are given context within the moral framework of an era when prostitution was considered an unavoidableor enticingevil, powerfully evoking 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