COLT - 062 - Olympia's Choice

COLT - 062 - Olympia's Choice - Olympia's Choice by T.J....

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Olympia’s Choice by T.J. Clark Edouard Manet displayed one of his works, Olympia , in an art exhibition in 1865, where he depicted a prostitute in terms of modernity. Critics responded with a barrage of insults about his artistic scandal. The prostitute had been on the margins of society, but was becoming more and more centralized, “making the city over in their image”, to a degree where differences between the middle class and those on the edges were very blurred Olympia was a pseudonym that prostitutes liked to use Courtisane – was not suppose to belong to the world of social class or money, she was an untouched being that could play around with the distinctions, while not taking part in it. Manet’s Olympia, on the other hand, seemed to represent a very distinct part of social class. Olympia belonged to the working class, and this very representation of being a part of a social class “was the essence of Olympia’s modernity and lay behind the great scandal she provoked” (88). “Olympia altered and played with identities the culture wished to keep still, pre- eminently those of the nude and prostitute, and that was why it proved so
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