Out went the still lifes and bucolic landscapes. In came the cocottes and courtesans. It focuses on the work of the painters, artists and photographers who, with a blend of fascination and growing disgust, captured this shadier, decadent side of the City of Light during the period between the Second Empire and the Belle Epoque. The images they left romanticise the depravity of the age. The obvious answer is that they were men, but another reason was that prostitution was linked to the idea of modernity.
People had moved to the city, which was in itself a new concept, where the moral strictures of the village had disappeared. The city was fluid and this excited the artists. This is where prostitution is on display, this is where eyes shine! The exhibition attempts to put 19th and early 20th-century prostitution in France within the moral and social framework of an era when a demographic shift brought many country dwellers to the city and when the authorities regarded prostitution as a necessary evil to blunt the rampant nature of the male libido.
For centuries, French kings and aristocrats had kept courtesans and mistresses; but in Paris in the second half of the 19th century, the sex-for-sale business democratised, invaded the public space and boomed. The exhibition moves into the Maison Clos closed house. In the second half of the 19th century, prostitutes — who registered with the local police and were obliged to have regular medical checks — worked in around legalised brothels and maisons closes.
Many thousands more worked on the streets illegally. Money, Sex and Fame in the Nineteenth Century. The Mistress of Paris: Customers who viewed this item also viewed.
See all free Kindle reading apps. Book Description Joanna Richardson pens a colourful portrait of twelve of the most famous courtesans of 19th century France. Synopsis In Second Empire Paris there were a dozen courtesans who were generally known as la garde: See all Product description.
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I have derived much pleasure from learning of their exploits, the money squandered on them by the nobility, the senseless waste of lives by overindulgence, tuberculosis or simply by aging. For my simple tastes, none of the pictures herein included are raving beauties, but that is in the eye of the beholder. However, reading between the lines of several books on the subject, it was more for appearance sake and self greed than for love, although decent circumstances for women in those days were few and far between.
A good book to start off with by a knowledgeable authoress. I bought this book for research purposes. It is very informative and interesting - it was written in a really accessible way, almost like a novel. It provides a very interesting insight into the life of the courtesans. One person found this helpful. See all 3 reviews. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. My only criticism of this book is that unless you can read French, you will miss some interesting poems, sayings, and articles included in this book on the ladies.
There isn't an English translation though, which I find strange. I wish I were more "continental" and could read romantic languages, but, duh, I can't. So keep a French dictionary nearby. Otherwise, it is a very good review of these women, and an excellent primer for those who may want to learn what courtesans were. I have since purchased a few more books on individuals mentioned within, and will review them individually at their sites.
Overall, a good historical read. I think if you can get past their immorality and admire their pluck, you will enjoy this book. This book got me hooked from start to end. Very exciting, especially because I have an interest in this field. I would recommend everyone with a tiny bit of interest to read it. This book was written nearly 30 years previous to the Hickman book, and is completely different in style and readability.
It focuses on 12 courtesans and the treatment of each is much more concise than in the Hickman book.In the heyday of the glamorous courtesans, prostitution occupied a special position, The former courtesans, from whom sex was just one of many pleasures. 19 Sep A new major exhibition examines artists' fascination with the rise of prostitution, as the population of the French capital boomed in the late 19th 1dcc . Courtesans: Money, Sex and Fame in the Nineteenth Century. Katie Hickman have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.