The Musée d’Orsay in France has an exhibition called Crime and Punishment. It focuses on art from 1791 to 1981, which is the year that capital punishment was outlawed in France. Throughout these years, violent crime was being fantasized in novels as well as becoming a theme in the visual arts. According to the article, works by extremely talented painters such as Goya, Picasso, and Magritte were extremely striking when they portrayed images of crime or capital punishment. I think this is the ultimate relation between art and crime because during these 190 years artists began to portray crime, and the pieces created were extraordinary. I think it is amazing that they have collected all of these artworks to be a part of this exhibition on crime and punishment and it would be fascinating to see. Above is a painting by Théodore Géricault named Etude de pieds et de mains.

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