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After the Bath (detail), c. 1901. Mary Cassatt (American, 1844–1926). Pastel; 66.00 x 100.00 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of J. H. Wade 1920.379

Public Women: Actresses, Dancers, and Prostitutes in 19th-Century Paris

Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Recital Hall

About The Event

While Mary Cassatt and her contemporaries celebrated the lives of women in the home, other artists turned their gaze to “public women,” the actresses, dancers, bar maids, and prostitutes who constituted the entertainment class of fin-de-siècle Paris. This lecture examines the work of Degas, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec, and others who explored the darker side of the feminine ideal.