The “L’Empire des Sens” [The Empire of the Senses] exhibition gives a sensual touch to Paris musée Cognacq-Jay. About sixty paintings and drawings shine a light on the intimacy and libertinism that marked the 18th century. The exhibition was initially expected to be on from December 2, 2020 to March 28, 2021, celebrating the 250th anniversary of painter François Boucher’s death. It will eventually run from May 19 to July 18, 2021.
The artist was the first painter of king Louis XV and was considered as a master of lustful and erotic paintings. The exhibition at the Musée Cognacq-Jay gathers his boldest works, alongside works by his peers: Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Jean-Honoré Fragonard and Antoine Watteau. These paintings come from public and private international collections. Some are displayed for the very first time in France.
You softly start the exhibition with the characters’ first excitements. Over the paintings and drawings, you feel your desire arouse slowly until it is fulfilled. The “L’Empire des Sens. De François Boucher à Jean-Baptiste Greuze” exhibition is an erotic journey to the 18th century. These pictures of the past unveil sensual and women pleasure in the Enlightenment society.
Lover games, chaste gestures, violent urges or feverish passion, painters depitc love in all its states. They answer one another through their works, face off one another and speak together also including libertine literature that was all the rage back at that time.
Musée Cognacq-Jay has also prepared - by the end of the exhibition - a very special erotica cabinet highlighting about pornographic-like sixty extraordinary items such as paintings, models, secret boxes, faux books and so on. These exclusive objects unveil the most secret shores of the erotic imaginary in the Enlightenment and flirt with the borders of what is forbidden.
Come and discover the libertin Paris from the 18th century, a passionate and loving city.
Dates and Opening Time
From 19 May 2021 to 18 July 2021
8, rue Elzévir
75003 Paris 3
Métro ligne 1 station "Saint-Paul"
tarif réduit: €6
plein tarif: €8
Le musée est ouvert tous les jours sauf le lundi, de 10h à 18h