In the second half of the 19th century, a few decades after the deep political, economic and social changes of the French Revolution, another kind of revolution swept across Paris – this time in the area of sexuality. Taboos of the bedroom fell one after the other in front of the city’s poets, writers and painters, whose art was increasingly focused on the erotic. Meanwhile, during the Second Empire, under the rule of Napoleon III, the French capital was overrun by prostitutes who were no longer confined to the brothels.
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