The Venal Muses at LEA 16 Itakos Art Gallery
Opening 11:30AM SLT September 9, 2017
Conceived by Tustsy Navarathna, a multifaceted artist, is an
installation inspired by the works of great painters of the past.
Poets, painters, writers, and musicians were all inspired by the
atmosphere of brothels and their venal muses. Some, like
Toulouse Lautrec, have even made it the essential part of their
work. Painters like Degas, Manet, Derain, Munch, Rouault, Van
Dongen, Vlaminck, to name a few of the most celebrated,
portray ladies of little virtue lounging on a sofa in the rooms of
Pablo Picasso, founder of Cubism, was caught in the spotlight:
his work “Les Demoiselles d'Avignon” (The Young Ladies of
Avignon, originally titled The Brothel of Avignon) is in e2ect
considered one of the major works of contemporary creation.
They created a new pictorial language, the provocative
compositions, the caricature style and garish colors. Diverting
the classical nude, the di2erent pictorial movements each use
this subject allowing them a "rebellion" as Charles Baudelaire
calls it, which aims not only to criticize their society but also the
condition of treatment of these girls, women above all, to
revolutionize the codes of representation, and even create new
ones. This exhibition wants to be a virtual tribute to the
masterpieces of great painters of that period.