Odalisque with Red Culottes (1921) by Henri Matisse

Odalisque with Red Culottes - Henri Matisse - 1921

Artwork Information

TitleOdalisque with Red Culottes
ArtistHenri Matisse
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions67 x 84 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationGeorges Pompidou Center, Paris, France
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About Odalisque with Red Culottes

The artwork “Odalisque with Red Culottes” by Henri Matisse dates back to 1921 and is executed in oil on canvas. This piece is part of the Post-Impressionism movement and is classified as a nude painting. The dimensions of the artwork are 67 x 84 cm. Currently, it is housed at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, France, adding a significant piece to their impressive collection.

In the artwork, we observe a reclining female figure, the odalisque, which is a characteristic subject in the historical context of Orientalist painting. Dressed in vibrant red culottes with decorative motifs and a blue patterned turban, the figure lounges on a divan adorned with richly patterned fabrics. Her pose is relaxed and sensual; she gazes directly at the viewer with an expression that is both inviting and contemplative. The color palette Matisse employs is vivid and exotic, featuring contrasting hues that capture the viewer’s attention and enhance the sense of leisure and opulence. The background is adorned with ornamental details, which further emphasize the Orientalist theme of the artwork.

Matisse’s use of flat, decorative patterns and bold colors aligns with the Post-Impressionist interest in going beyond the limitations of naturalistic representation to create a more expressive and emotional artistic language. The artwork is representative of Matisse’s ongoing exploration of form, color, and the human figure, as he contributes to the avant-garde movements of the early twentieth century.

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