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A Bar at the Folies-Bergère

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Prostitutes of the Folies-Bergère

"They are extraordinary and magnificent when they walk in pairs along the hall's semi-circular promenade, powdered and rouged, their eyes drowned in a blur of pale blue, their lips shaped in a loud red, the bosom projected forward over a tightly laced waist, blowing a wisp of opopanax - while they fan themselves - which blends with the powerful aroma of their underarms and the very delicate perfume of a dying flower in their corsage."

J.K. Huysmans, Parisian Sketches, trans. Richard Griffiths, Fortune Press, 1960

Joris-Karl Huysmans on the Folies-Bergère
Guy de Maupassant on the Foiles-Berg?re

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Les Folies-Bergère, 1880

Forain (University of Michigan)

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