La Grand Odalisque (1814) by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

La Grand Odalisque - Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres - 1814

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TitleLa Grand Odalisque
ArtistJean Auguste Dominique Ingres
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions91 x 162 cm
Art MovementNeoclassicism
Current LocationLouvre, Paris, France

About La Grand Odalisque

The artwork “La Grand Odalisque” was created by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres in 1814. This oil on canvas painting is considered a masterpiece from the Neoclassicism movement and depicts a nude female figure. With dimensions of 91 x 162 cm, it represents the nude painting genre and currently resides in the Louvre in Paris, France.

“La Grand Odalisque” showcases a reclining nude female, her body depicted in a serpentine position that elongates her form in a manner that is both elegant and anatomically exaggerated. She turns her gaze over her shoulder, meeting the viewer’s eyes with an enigmatic expression. This turbaned figure, adorned with luxurious accessories, such as the ornamental peacock fan and sumptuous fabrics, references the exoticism and orientalism that were popular themes among European artists of that era. Ingres’s rendering of the textures of fabric and flesh displays his exceptional skill and attention to detail, a hallmark of his refined neoclassical technique. Despite the classical references, the elongated proportions of the figure sparked debate among Ingres’s contemporaries regarding his anatomical distortions, which some critics believed compromised the naturalistic ideals of neoclassicism. Nevertheless, this work has cemented its place in art history as a singular blend of neoclassical precision and romantic sensuality.

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