I then moved on to explore this topic during the 19th and 20th century. I mainly focused on artists working in Paris at the time; which was a hub for prostitution.
“Prostitution caused the end of the French empire; as men lost their minds because there were too many whores into which the fortunes of Paris diminished” – Zola, French Literary
Here’s a small pictorial essay I did on these artists; Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Yves Klein, Courbet, Klimt, Egon Schiele. I think these images get the point across well. In each one the woman is treated or portrayed as a sexual object. It also shows the different ways that the artists tackled their subject: performance, photography, rough sketch, drawing, realistic and abstracted oil paintings.