Pictures at an Exhibition

‘Splendour and Misery: Images of Prostitution 1850–1910’ at Musée d’Orsay

Henri Gervex, 'Rolla,' 1878, Oil on canvas. PATRICE SCHMIDT/©RMN/MUSÉE D'ORSAY

Henri Gervex, Rolla, 1878, oil on canvas.


Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday.

Today’s show: “Splendour and Misery: Images of Prostitution 1850-1910” is currently on view at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The exhibition focuses on Paris during the second half of the 19th century, when prostitution was omnipresent in Parisian society. Featuring a mix of paintings, drawings, sculpture and emerging media from the time such as photography and cinematography, it is on view until January 17, 2016.

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