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The ballet rehearsal painted in 1874 by French artist Edgar Degas looks, at first glance, like an innocent portrayal of dancers limbering up for a performance.The show was a hit at Paris' Musee d'Orsay before traveling to Amsterdam.A gallery upstairs exposes life in brothels, including several paintings by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the artist whose name is most closely linked to Parisian nightlife.The brothel section does not flinch from the seedy side of prostitution, including a sinister pastel and gouache work, "The Hour of the Flesh," by Emile Bernard.Finally, the exhibition moves on to the early 20th century and depictions of Paris prostitution by international artists drawn to the city including Pablo Picasso and Edvard Munch.There are a handful of Van Gogh paintings, although he is not well-known for depicting prostitution and ultimately turned his back on Paris' bustling nightlife.
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