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Original Lithograph on Japon paper
Created in 1923
Image size: 11.4" x 15.75" (29 x 40 cm)
Paper size: 15.5" x 22" (39.5 x 56 cm)
Hand signed and numbered in pencil
Edition of 50
Reference: Duthuit 432
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Henri Matisse's ‘Odalisques’ belong to a group of art works from the mid-1920s in which he recalled his experiences visiting the French colonies in North Africa - Algeria in 1906 and Morocco in 1912–13. The brilliant light, exotic environment and Moorish architecture inspired a new body of work. The lithographs and paintings Matisse created during this period are quite orientalist in style - all made with great care and gentleness.
Henri Matisse art works of "Odalisques" are part of major museums and fine art collections.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York:
“Odalisques were the most popular subject of Matisse's Nice period, during the 1920s. They appear in diverse poses in innumerable canvases: reclining, lounging, seated, or standing, frequently with their arms raised or folded behind the head. Dressed or semi-dressed in exotic attire, they are placed against a decorative background of richly patterned fabrics and oriental rugs and surrounded by oriental accoutrements. Matisse's primary model for these depictions, from 1920 to 1927, was Henriette Darricarrière, a young woman skilled in the arts of ballet, piano, violin, and painting who lived near Matisse's studio. In his third-floor apartment at 1, Place Charles-Félix, Matisse arranged an "Oriental" alcove, equipped with a low couch, mirrors, decorative screens, and profusely patterned wall hangings, creating an atmosphere of reverie and exoticism reminiscent of the Moorish interiors he had seen in Morocco. The model's sculpturesque body, languorously stretching on the couch, exudes sensuality and carnality. The mood of "luxe, calme et volupté" is clearly palpable. The theme of odalisques during Matisse's Nice period is central not only to his paintings, but also to his sculptures, drawings, and lithographs, etchings.”
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