leighton and the midddle east

Odalisque

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Image Details

Title: 'Odalisque'
Date: c 1860-61
Media: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 94 x 43cm
Location: Private Collection
Picture credit: Christies Images Ltd
Interpretation:A sensual depiction of a standing woman, the Odalisque (from the Turkish 'Odalik' meaning chambermaid) is accompanied by a swan and dressed in a costume of rich eastern fabric and drapery. This painting is part of a category of nineteenth century European images in the manner of Ingres and Delacroix where non-western women are depicted in 'exotic' or 'sexualised' poses.
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