Thursday, September 10, 2015

"Courtesans and Street Walkers: Prostitutes in Art" by Jason Farago for BBC....

Manet - "Olympia"

Picasso - "Demoiselles d'Avignon"
"Courtesans and Street Walkers: Prostitutes in Art", a Jason Farago piece for BBC on the spectacular new show just opening at Musee d'Orsay in Paris titled, "Splendour & Misery: Pictures of Prostitution 1850-1910".......
..."Prostitutes were a key subject for artists in Paris, and perhaps the two most revolutionary paintings of the age – Manet’s blunt Olympia and Picasso’s twisted Demoiselles d’Avignon – both depict sex workers"....
..."Prostitution was a central part of daily life in late 19th Century Paris.  It is key to understanding the art of the times - and everything that followed"...

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