Odalisque with Magnolias (1923-24) by Henri Matisse

Odalisque with Magnolias - Henri Matisse - 1923

Artwork Information

TitleOdalisque with Magnolias
ArtistHenri Matisse
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions25 5/8 x 31 7/8" (65 x 81 cm)
Art MovementFauvism
Current LocationPrivate collection
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About Odalisque with Magnolias

The artwork “Odalisque with Magnolias” was created by Henri Matisse in 1923. It is an oil on canvas painting that measures 25 5/8 x 31 7/8 inches (65 x 81 cm). This piece is an exemplar of the Fauvism movement and is classified within the nude painting genre. As of the last available information, it resides in a private collection.

In the artwork, we view a reclining female figure, an odalisque, amidst a backdrop of vibrant color and pattern. Luxurious textiles and foliage surround her. The odalisque, a recurring theme in Matisse’s work, is depicted with a relaxed pose, lying on her side with one hand supporting her head and the other resting on her thigh. Her torso is rendered with the characteristic Fauvist palette, emphasizing emotional expression over realistic values. Bold, flat areas of color are visible throughout the composition, indicative of the Fauvist style.

Matisse’s use of color is striking, with contrasting shades that suggest a warm, inviting atmosphere. The magnolias next to the figure add a touch of natural beauty and connect the figure to the surrounding environment. The artwork communicates a sense of serene repose and ornamental luxury, inviting contemplation of both the form of the human body and the sensory pleasures of color and pattern.

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