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Olympia (detail) by Édouard Manet was a succès de scandale when it was first exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1865. Today, it is considered as the start of modern art.
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Olympia (detail) by Édouard Manet was a succès de scandale when it was first exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1865. Today, it is considered as the start of modern art.
In 1877, French artist Édouard Manet exhibited "Nana", a life-size portrayal of a courtesan in undergarments, standing before her fully clothed gentleman caller. The model for it was the popular courtesan Henriette Hauser.
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In 1877, French artist Édouard Manet exhibited "Nana", a life-size portrayal of a courtesan in undergarments, standing before her fully clothed gentleman caller. The model for it was the popular courtesan Henriette Hauser.

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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This page is a thematic exploration of prostitution in art[1][2], literature, music and film.

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In visual art

It is frequently repeated that artists' models have often been prostitutes.

Italian Renaissane

Northern Renaissane

Dutch Golden Age painting

Brothel scenes were painted by the following Dutch Golden Age painters: Frans van Mieris the Elder, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen and Adriaen Brouwer. Perhaps the most famous painting of that school relating to prostitution is The Procuress by Johannes Vermeer.

Modern art

One of the defining narrative elements of painting in modern art was portraying prostitutes and brothels sympathetically and compassionately.

In literature

List of fictional prostitutes and courtesans

In music

In film

See also

Bibliography




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