Sleeping Odalisque (Odalisque with Babouches) (1915 – 1917) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Sleeping Odalisque (Odalisque with Babouches) - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1915 - 1917

Artwork Information

TitleSleeping Odalisque (Odalisque with Babouches)
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Date1915 - 1917
Dimensions53 x 50 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris, France

About Sleeping Odalisque (Odalisque with Babouches)

The artwork titled “Sleeping Odalisque (Odalisque with Babouches)” was crafted by the renowned impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir during the period of 1915 to 1917. It is an oil on canvas painting that embodies the Impressionist movement’s ethos with its loose brushwork and vibrant interplay of light and color. The piece is a nude painting (nu) that measures 53 by 50 centimeters and is currently housed at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France.

The artwork depicts a female figure, presumably an odalisque, reclining languidly with her head resting gently on one hand, suggesting a state of rest or slumber. Her body, rendered with warm, rich tones, seems softly illuminated, highlighting the curves and flesh in a manner that is characteristic of Renoir’s style. The background is a study of soft, diffused brushstrokes, typical of Impressionism, and serves to draw the viewer’s focus to the serenity and vulnerability of the figure. The inclusion of babouches—traditional slippers found in many Eastern cultures—adds a dimension of cultural context, suggesting an exotic, perhaps Oriental, setting for the composition. Renoir’s masterful use of color and light imbues the scene with a dreamy, peaceful quality that speaks to the artist’s fascination with beauty and sensuality.

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