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Odalisque

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1874

Artist:

Jules Joseph Lefebvre (French, 1836–1912)

About this artwork

A luminous nude woman reclines in a dimly lit interior filled with fruits, textiles, and other luxury goods. To European audiences, this collection of objects would have broadly evoked the Middle East. The painting’s setting and title suggest that she is a courtesan in a harem. For 19th-century European artists, depicting the nude female form was a fundamental component of academic training and a benchmark of artistic excellence. The imagined harem setting—a space historically used as women’s quarters and forbidden to men—provided narrative context for the nude and appealed to the sexual and colonialist fantasies of European audiences.

Status

On View, Gallery 223

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Jules Joseph Lefebvre

Title

Odalisque

Place

France (Artist's nationality:)

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1874

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed, upper right: Jules. LeFebvre 1874.

Dimensions

102.4 × 200.7 cm (41 5/16 × 79 in.); Framed: 119.4 × 216.9 cm (47 × 85 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1983.381

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