Friday, March 29, 2013

Femmes fatales, vampires haunt gothic Paris exhibition

By Jorg von Uthmann, Bloomberg News


PARIS — Count Dracula, the aristocratic bloodsucker, is not the only nocturnal visitor who likes to disturb the sleep of innocents.

"The Angel of the Odd: Dark Romanticism from Goya to Max Ernst," at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, starts with one of his most famous soul mates: Henry Fuseli's "The Nightmare," an incubus perched over a blond woman who seems to have fainted.

The title of the show, which opened in September at Frankfurt's Staedel Museum, has been borrowed from a short story by Edgar Allen Poe, one of the grand masters of Gothic fiction, a genre that flourished in the late 18th and 19th centuries.

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