Odalisque with Magnolia (1923 – 1924) by Henri Matisse

Odalisque with Magnolia - Henri Matisse - 1923 - 1924

Artwork Information

TitleOdalisque with Magnolia
ArtistHenri Matisse
Date1923 - 1924
Dimensions65 x 81 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Odalisque with Magnolia

“Odalisque with Magnolia” is an artwork by Henri Matisse, created between 1923 and 1924. Classified under the Post-Impressionism movement, this nude painting measures 65 by 81 centimeters. Currently, the piece is housed in a private collection. The painting presents the viewer with a sumptuous display of color and form, typical of Matisse’s style.

The artwork depicts a reclining nude female figure against a richly decorated interior. The subject is positioned on a divan, with her body arranged in such a way as to invite the viewer’s gaze. Her left hand gracefully supports her head while her right arm rests above it, contributing to an overall sense of languor. The odalisque, a common theme in Orientalist painting, is a figure often associated with the exotic and the sensual, and Matisse’s rendition here is no exception.

The use of color and pattern is striking in the artwork. The background features decorative elements, including a patterned rug and what appears to be a tapestry with intricate floral motifs. These elements exemplify Matisse’s fascination with textiles and patterns, which is evident throughout his oeuvre. The palette is a harmonious mix of earth tones punctuated by the vivid blue of the cushion upon which the figure reclines and the rich reds of the underlying decorative elements.

Overall, the composition exudes a sense of quietude and sensuality, characteristic of many of Matisse’s odalisque representations.

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