Femmes Fatales: Dangerous Women in 19th Century Art

Project Author: 
Avery Wagner
Semester/Year: 
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?

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Citation: 

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

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