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Odalisque, Brazier, and Bowl of Fruit, 1929



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The reclining female nude has been a recurring subject in the history of Western European art. The 15th-century Renaissance tradition of depiction of erotic female nude in the guise of mythological goddesses gave way to the imaginary Orientalist genre scenes and reclining “Odalisque” paintings in the 19th-century. Odalisque, a female slave or concubine in imperial Ottoman harem, became an inspiring subject for many French masters including Henri Matisse.

The reclining odalisque here, semi-dressed in exotic attire and placed against a richly patterned background of fabrics and oriental rugs, lends herself to the artist’s imagination. Matisse creates an imaginary scene of the oriental harems with a French model posing in the corner of his apartment. The composition of this etching print was inspired by his earlier painting called Reclining Odalisque (Harmony in Red), 1927.

Odalisque, Brazier, and Bowl of Fruit
Artist Life
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Catalogue Raisonne
Duthuit 504
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