The project Studies of bourgeoisie deals with neurosis of the 19th century – hysteria and it´s residual effect on contemporary image of woman.
According to family model of bourgeoisie, gender roles forced upon male and female differed a lot. Hysteria was diagnosed primarly by female patients and was most likely caused by a conflict between their role and the reality.
Most famous researchers of hysteria in Europe were Jean Martin Charcot and of course, Sigmund Freud.
Charcot captured and distributed a large number of images of women suffering from hysterical attack in Hospital of Salpêtrière, Paris. Those images were later admired by surrealists who adopted the concept of convulsive and mysterios female.
Freud is known as a creator of the psychoanalytical method. Both doctors practised – though with different purpose – hypnosis.
As psychoanalysis and hypnosis are part of the contemporary forms of therapy, so stays the concept of woman ceased by hysteria and its images in the end of the 19th century, still persistent.