Splendour or Misery ?

OPEN YOUR HEART MOTHER SO I CAN LEARN TO LOVE YOU AGAIN

LAY DOWN MISTRESS SO I CAN LEAVE MY BURDEN WITH YOU

Prostitution was a vehicle for expressing confused angst and a wide variety of attitudes towards women in general.

In allegorical terms, women who sell their bodies epitomise the shortcomings of a society as a whole.

Splendour and Misery. Pictures of Prostitution, 1850-1910

Musée d’Orsay / Paris

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