Odalisque in a Gauze Skirt (1929) by Henri Matisse

Odalisque in a Gauze Skirt - Henri Matisse - 1929

Artwork Information

TitleOdalisque in a Gauze Skirt
ArtistHenri Matisse
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Odalisque in a Gauze Skirt

Henri Matisse’s “Odalisque in a Gauze Skirt,” dating from 1929, is a notable work in the medium of lithography. The artist, a key figure in Post-Impressionism, centers this artwork on the depiction of a nude figure within the genre of nude painting (nu). This piece is part of a private collection and illustrates Matisse’s characteristic style and thematic preference toward odalisques and interior settings with distinct patterns and ornamentation.

The artwork features a reclining female figure, an odalisque, who is partially draped in a translucent gauze skirt. Her pose is relaxed and she occupies a chaise lounge, which is adorned with ornate and exotic patterning, characteristic of Matisse’s fascination with luxurious fabrics and orientalism. The artwork displays a contrast of textures between the woman’s skin, the fabric of her skirt and the upholstery. To the right of the figure, there is a decorative pedestal table upon which a vase filled with flowers is placed, adding to the interior’s ambiance. Behind the figure, a portion of a window or framed artwork is visible, contributing to the composition’s depth and providing context to the setting. The use of shading and bold outlines, typical of lithographic technique, emphasizes form and gives a sense of volume to the figure and surrounding elements. Overall, the artwork presents an intimate scene that is simultaneously a study of the female form and a reflection of Matisse’s decorative inclinations.

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