Odalisque painting - Reclining woman and Odalisques in art

Odalisque - Reclining woman in the tradition of Odalisques
Odalisque and the reclining woman in art

Odalisque painting - Reclining woman and Odalisques

The subject matter of a 'reclining woman' is a favourite in art. Every figurative artist has painted his Odalisque. With some artists it even became an obsession. Since Ingres's painting 'the odalisque' and 'the grand odalisque' the subject matter became a genre of its own. An odalisque was a female slave and assistant to the wives of a sultan's harem. The exotic setting of a remote and unknown country and culture made the *** of the odalisque paintings more acceptable in European countries and flourished in the 19th and beginning of the 20th century when documentary expeditions and archaeology in African and eastern countries was very trendy. There are documentary photographs of expeditions and travellers of the time that give us a very accurate impression of what the artists saw at the time. After 1920 paintings and photographs of *** became a genre of their own and replaced the classic odalisque.

Famous artists with paintings of reclining woman and odalisques

François Boucher, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Edouard Manet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse

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Odalisque Paintings - Ingres and his Odalisque