Seated Odalisque

Henri Matisse French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 830

Photographs taken of Matisse's studio during the mid-1920s show North African textiles draped over furniture, hanging on the walls, and rigged into makeshift theatrical sets that served as backdrops for his odalisque-costumed models. When interviewed about his Odalisque paintings, Matisse stressed that the fabrics "play a role equivalent to the female nude."

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

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