The French poet Charles Baudelaire once declared: “What is art? Prostitution.” Throughout history, artists have used prostitutes as models and muses for their artwork. While this long practice has in the past been an ignored fact, some artists choose to imply or even outright declare who the subject of their work is. From Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s colourful pastels to Egon Schiele’s erotically charged sketches, here is a pick of the eight most famous artworks featuring prostitutes.
They wanted more from life We all know it is the oldest profession in the world, so you would think that there have been some major characters in that time. These are women who have changed history, who slept with Kings, who were loved and admired by people of their... Read more
Parisian flat containing €2.1 million painting lay untouched for 70 years For 70 years the Parisian apartment had been left uninhabited, under lock and key, the rent faithfully paid but no hint of what was inside Mrs de Florian, a ‘demimondaine’ never returned to her... Read more
A decadent journey through Belle Epoque bordellos “THE JAPANESE GIRLS”, “THE SPHINX”, “The Oriental Palace”… these are the names of eloquent Parisian mansions. But these extravagant houses were more than lavishly decorated home. As poetic as the name appear, these... Read more
Luxury Brothels of Paris 19th century Reflections of Desire: Masculinity and Fantasy in the Fin-de-Siècle Luxury Brothel “There are mirrors everywhere, on all the walls and all the ceilings; there are hangings everywhere; dazzling electric lights everywhere; and... Read more