Femmes Fatales: Dangerous Women in 19th Century Art

Project Author: 
Avery Wagner
Fall 2013

In the latter half of the nineteenth century, depictions of seductive femmes fatales skyrocketed in popularity. Alluring women tinged with the promise of danger became a widely depicted subject in European art. Why did artists and audiences turn to these figures? What drew them to the stories and legends behind these beautiful, deadly women?


Wagner, Avery. "Femmes Fatales: Dangerous Women in 19th Century Art." In Digital History. Columbia: University of Missouri, 2013.

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