French 19th century painting and prostitution, exhibition


This video, from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, says about itself:

17 February 2016

What attracted artists to prostitution as a subject? Come and see the exhibition ‘Easy Virtue’ and discover prostitution through the eyes of Vincent van Gogh and many other well-known 19th-century artists, including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Pablo Picasso.

From the Van Gogh Museum:

What attracted artists to prostitution as a subject? Come and see the exhibition ‘Easy Virtue’ and discover prostitution through the eyes of Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso and many other well-known 19th-century artists.

19 February to 19 June 2016

The depiction of prostitution in French 19th-century art has never been explored in such depth.

During the second half of the 19th century, prostitution was a favourite subject of the visual arts. Artists enthusiastically depicted prostitution as an aspect of modern life in the city of Paris and they painted women soliciting on the boulevards, wealthy courtesans in their salons and the prematurely aged prostitutes in brothels.

Exhibition: Easy Virtue. Prostitution in French Art, 1850-1910

Intriguing themes

Four intriguing themes take you back to Paris in the Belle Époque. Enter the dance halls and cafés where women picked up their customers, as well as the hidden world of brothels and prisons where illegal prostitutes and women with venereal diseases were locked up.

Prints-Prostitution-Privacy

Printmaking lent itself perfectly to risqué subject matter like prostitution. The intimate character meant that these prints tended to live a hidden life in the portfolios of private collectors. A selection of them is being exhibited at the same time as Easy Virtue.

Explore the prints of the fin de siècle here. …

Easy Virtue x Red Light District

Old cribs in Amsterdam’s Red Light District have been transformed into style rooms for the Easy Virtue exhibition. Come and visit the pop-up location Sint Annenstraat 21.

More information here.

Easy Virtue is a collaboration between the Musée d’Orsay and the Van Gogh Museum. The exhibition Splendour and Misery. Pictures of Prostitution, 1850-1910 was on view in Musée d’Orsay from 22 September 2015 until 17 January 2016.

Clement & Sanôu designed the exhibition.

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