Odalisque with Gray Trousers

Henri Matisse French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 823

Notwithstanding their kinship with earlier works by Ingres and Delacroix, the harem pictures Matisse made in Nice, such as this odalisque of 1927, had a more practical basis. As Matisse explained: "I paint odalisques in order to paint the nude. Otherwise, how is the nude to be painted without being artificial? But also, I know they exist. I was in Morocco. I saw them."

#6408. Odalisque with Gray Trousers

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Odalisque with Gray Trousers, Henri Matisse (French, Le Cateau-Cambrésis 1869–1954 Nice), Oil on canvas

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