Odalisque (c.1895) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Odalisque - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c.1895

Artwork Information

ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Dimensions32.7 x 41.2 cm
Art MovementOrientalism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Odalisque

The artwork entitled “Odalisque” was produced by the renowned artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir around the year 1895. This oil on canvas creation is a testament to Renoir’s involvement with the Orientalist movement, which was fascinated by and often idealized Eastern cultures. Measuring 32.7 by 41.2 cm, the painting falls under the genre of portrait and currently resides within a private collection.

The artwork captures the form of a woman in a half-length portrait, characterized by Renoir’s signature use of vibrant, energetic brushstrokes. She is adorned in an opulent costume with a rich texture of patterns and a glowing palette, including a red headscarf that graces her head, emphasizing her profile. The attire hints at a sense of exotic luxury, typical of Orientalist themes. Her facial expression is somewhat pensive, with soft features rendered in the gentle light that is characteristic of Renoir’s mature works. The background is loosely defined, creating an atmospheric quality that allows the viewer’s focus to remain on the figure. The artwork exudes an intimate quality, suggesting a moment of quiet repose or contemplation. Renoir’s mastery in capturing the effects of light and his fluid, impressionistic style are evident, enabling the artwork to convey a sense of immediacy and tactile presence.

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