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AD021 Cocottes and courtesans in the late 19th Century

  • 02 Dec 2016
  • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
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Friday, 2 December 2016

2:30pm – 4:00pm

Cost: €20

In the late 19th century, Paris’ reputation for its ‘decadent’ lifestyle incarnated by some cocottes or courtesans, dancers and actresses was not usurped. The writings and paintings alluding to these unconventional behaviors, although shocking for some, attracted many readers and fascinated a certain public. To many foreign travelers, Paris was the incarnation of a new Babylon.

We will illustrate our presentation by telling the story of some famous courtesans, with a special mention of their representation in painting and literature.

Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PHD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and was involved for many years in a Foundation for promoting Contemporary Art, before returning to the study of Art History. She has several years experience as a guide, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.

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