Exploring the Demimonde: Sin and Temptation at the fin-de-siècle

July 10, 2015 - October 17, 2015
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Exploring the Demimonde: Sin and Temptation at the fin-de-siècle


Curated by Alice M. Phillips, Ph.D.

In late 19th century Paris, as artists and writers became disenchanted with their materialistic society and with naturalism’s attention to the physical world, a variety of creative and psychological movements arose. With them came a newfound interest in Symbolism, which enabled artists to depict the emotions and personal symbols they found within dreams, religion and ancient mythology. With their innovative design aesthetics and observations of daily life at spirited venues such as cafés, dance halls, and theatres, they created enigmatic compositions that challenged the French academic style.

This exhibition of European paintings and prints invites visitors to become immersed in the decadent world of fin-de-siècle France and to discover the demimonde of Parisian night life, cabarets and café culture.

This exhibition will be on display through October 18, 2015.

This exhibition is organized by Legacies for Iowa, A UIMA Collections Sharing Project, Supported by the Matthew Bucksbaum Family.




Curator Talk: 7 p.m. Thursday, September 24

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901), Divan Japonais (Japanese Sofa), 1893, Lithographic poster, 32 x 24.5 inches, Gift of Gaston de Havenon, 1971.217, University of Iowa Museum of Art

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