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Outdoing Madame Bovary 

@ Hammer Museum

Sunday, Jan 26 2014
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The women in Eugène Grasset's The Morphine Addict and Paul-Albert Besnard's similarly titled Morphine Addicts have defiant features and needles in their hands. Made in Paris at the end of the 19th century, the images are like film stills pulled from dark dramas. They're in the Hammer's beautifully installed "Tea and Morphine: Women in Paris, 1880-1914," a show of prints and drawings mostly made by men and highly romanticized, even though their female subjects sometimes seem more painfully restless and ready to rebel than Emma Bovary ever did. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Wstwd.; through May 18. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 26. Continues through May 18, 2014 (Expired: 05/18/14)
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