"Aristocratic Occupations . . ."
The second image, a color drawing by the popular English caricaturist James Gillray in 1805 during the Empire, takes a different view of the Directory, suggesting that it is a time of moral decadence and selfaggrandizement. It depicts Paul Barras, while in power as a member of the fiveman executive Directory in 1797, being entertained by the naked dancing of two wives of prominent men, the former Jacobin deputy JeanLouis Tallien and Bonaparte. Madame Tallien appears beautiful, tall, and elegant, while Josephine de Beauharnais, Bonapartes future wife, appears small, thin, and with bad teeth. According to the text, Barras chose Madame Tallien (taking the mans wife just as he usurped the mans political power), while Bonaparte (seen watching from behind a curtain) eagerly accepted the less attractive woman so he could advance his political career.
Source: mfr 84.2