The “Odalisque” has a long history in art, and here are some of my favorites. A celebration of the female form ,there has always been a certain tension between the sacred and the profane imbued in this motif that reflects the particular moment in time of the culture it is crated in.
For me this Ingres is the gold standard. The elongation and exageration of shapes creates a very radical abstraction and incredible elegance, within a “realistic “ mileau. The draughtmanship and total synthesis devastates me every time.
MORE TO COME SOON!