The Cocotte’s Misery

My second take of French working girls. The first one I did was more about the luxury of courtesans, their high class clients and the art of seduction: The Lust of La Paiva; one of my seven deadly sins.

This is more in tune with Les Miserables, the lower class French girls who worked the streets.


Based on the series Maison Close and the French films House of Tolerance and La Vie en Rose. 

I also read Love for Sale: A World History of Prostitution by Nils Johan Ringdal. Courtesans and prostitutes influenced the artistic endeavors, literary works and personal lives of Manet, Emile Zola, Edgar Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Victor Hugo, Vincent van Gogh,  Paul Verlaine, Honore de Balzac and many, many more prominent figures of the era.

I have always been fascinated by the libertine, Montmatre bohemian of the late 19th century: small, dim candlelit rooms, bars and brothels hazy with smoke and green with absinthe.


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