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Odalisque à la culotte rayée, reflectée dans la glace

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Odalisque à la culotte rayée, reflectée dans la glace

Henri Matisse

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
lithograph on paper

25 1/8 in x 18 3/4 in (63.82 cm x 47.63 cm);28 1/16 in x 22 1/16 in (71.28 cm x 56.04 cm);25 3/16 in x 18 7/8 in (63.98 cm x 47.94 cm);15 3/4 in x 11 3/4 in (40.01 cm x 29.85 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
Throughout the 1920s, Matisse did a large series of drawings, prints and paintings of odalisques. In these works, he was exploring an established artistic tradition of nudes meant to represent women from harems of the Middle East, as a means to depict the female nude. Matisse was inspired by his travels to places like Algeria and Morocco. His odalisques, such as this one, are often depicted in settings, which he arranged in his studio in Nice. These interiors often were richly patterned, a result of Matisse's love for the intricate designs of Islamic art.

Physical Description
In this print a woman stands leaning against a mirror on her left, which shows her reflection. The woman is topless, wearing only a long necklace and billowing, striped pants. The floor is patterned with diagonal crossing lines forming diamond shapes. There is a checkered patterned arm chair in the background, as well as drapery and a doorway.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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models (people)
modern and contemporary art
women (female humans)

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