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L'Odalisque

Henri Matisse

European Art

In a rented apartment in Nice, France, Henri Matisse physically distanced himself from Paris and its associations with World War I, the avant-garde style of Cubism, and even his family. There, he focused on Mediterranean light, captured here with fine, parallel hatchings throughout the model’s body. She is a confident nude with an open posture and confrontational gaze, perhaps suggesting Matisse’s interrogation of the traditional role of women in art history as objects of desire.

Alice Zheng
Curatorial Insights
Brooklyn Museum Teen Mentoring Initiative
Spring 2016
MEDIUM Lithograph on loose China paper
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1924
    DIMENSIONS Image: 14 3/8 x 10 3/8 in. (36.5 x 26.4 cm) Sheet: 20 1/4 x 14 3/4 in. (51.4 x 37.5 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed, "Henri Matisse" in pencil
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    EXHIBITIONS
    ACCESSION NUMBER 25.123
    EDITION Edition: 10/50, plate 52
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
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    CAPTION Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954). L'Odalisque, 1924. Lithograph on loose China paper, Image: 14 3/8 x 10 3/8 in. (36.5 x 26.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 25.123. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 25.123_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 25.123_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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    Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954). <em>L'Odalisque</em>, 1924. Lithograph on loose China paper, Image: 14 3/8 x 10 3/8 in. (36.5 x 26.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 25.123. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 25.123_PS2.jpg)