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Painted Love: Prostitution in French Art of the Impressionist Era
: Painted Love: Prostitution in French Art of the Impressionist Era
(): Hollis Clayson
: J. Paul Getty Museum
: 2003
ISBN: 0892367296
: 224
: English
: True PDF
: 62 MB

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Prostitution was widespread in nineteenth-century Paris and, as French streets filled with these women of the night, French art and literature of the period took notice. This engrossing book explains why, providing the first description and analysis of French artistic interest in women prostitutes and examining how the subject was treated in the art of the 1870s and 1880s by such avant-garde painters as Cezanne, Degas, Manet, and Renoir, as well as by academic and lowbrow painters who were their contemporaries. The volume illuminates not only the imagery of prostitutionwith its contradictory connotations of disgust and fascinationbut also issues and problems relating to women and men in a patriarchal society. It discusses the conspicuous sexual commerce during this era and the resulting public panic about the deterioration of social life and mores and describes the system of regulating prostitutes and the subsequent rise of clandestine prostitutes, who were condemned both for blurring social boundaries and for spreading sexual licentiousness among their moral and social superiors. The book argues that the subject of covert prostitution was especially attractive to vanguard painters because it embodied key notions of modernity, exemplifying the commercialization and ambiguity of modern life.


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