Tea and Morphine: Women in Paris, 1880 to 1914

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close Paul Albert Besnard, "Morphinomanes ou Le plumet [Morphine Addicts or The Plume]," 1887, Etching, drypoint and aquatint, 12 3/4 x 17 in.

At the turn of the 20th century, images of women dominated French graphic arts but they weren't always the stylish, upper class ladies who reclined or relaxed with a cup of tea. This was a period of social upheaval, so this exhibition, part of the Elisabeth Dean Collection, consists of 100 pieces that show a more accurate range of a woman's experience during that time—prostitutes, morphine addicts and other less-than-idealized types.

The Hammer Museum will begin to offer free admission Feb. 9, 2014.

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