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VD151 The Famous Cocottes and Courtesans of the 19th Century

  • 15 Dec 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Remote Online via Zoom


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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 behaviours, although shocking for some, attracted many readers and fascinated a certain public. To many foreign travellers, 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. Do not miss this amazing and instructive lecture!

Catherine ESTIVALEZES has been a lecturer with WICE for several years: she guided walking tours in Paris districts, organized visits to museums, held on site lectures at WICE. She has a PhD in American and British history and literature, a professional degree in Art and History. She also teaches in English to future professional guides. She communicates her passion for art and culture in a simple expressive way.

This course will resume online only, this is due to changes in current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

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