Odalisque in grey culottes (1927) by Henri Matisse

Odalisque in grey culottes - Henri Matisse - 1927

Artwork Information

TitleOdalisque in grey culottes
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions54 x 65 cm
Art MovementExpressionism,Orientalism
Current LocationMusée de l'Orangerie, Paris, France

About Odalisque in grey culottes

Henri Matisse’s “Odalisque in grey culottes” is an artwork completed in 1927, utilizing oil on canvas as its medium. This piece measures 54 by 65 centimeters and is currently housed in the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, France. The work is attributed to the Expressionism and Orientalism art movements and falls under the genre of nude painting (nu).

The artwork portrays a reclining female figure, an odalisque, who is dressed in grey culottes. The subject lies on her side, propped up by her arm, her body slightly twisted to face the viewer. Her pose is relaxed and informal. Matisse’s use of color in the background and surroundings creates a vibrant atmosphere composed of varied patterns and rich drapery, characteristic of his style. The presence of oriental elements like the patterned fabrics and the plush cushion reinforces the theme of Orientalism, while the expressive, simplified forms and non-naturalistic colors reflect the influence of Expressionism. The overall composition captures a sense of exoticism and sensuality, which were common themes in the depiction of odalisques during the early 20th century.

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