The Brunette Odalisque

size(cm): 40x50
Sale price$193.00 USD


The Odalisca Morena is a painting by French artist François Boucher, depicting a nude, exotic woman lying on a divan and surrounded by curtains and cushions. The work is a typical representation of the orientalist painting genre, which became popular in the 18th and 19th century in Europe.

An interesting trivia about this painting is that the model for the odalisque in the image is believed to have been a famous Turkish dancer named Zobeida, who captivated French audiences with her exotic performances at the Paris Opera in the 1730s. he drew inspiration from Zobeida and other oriental dancers to create his idealized representation of the exotic and sensual female figure.

The Odalisque Morena is one of Boucher's most famous works and has been the subject of numerous copies and reproductions over the years. The painting has also been the subject of controversy and criticism, due to its idealized and stereotypical depiction of the oriental female figure, which has been criticized by some as a form of exoticism and objectification.

Another interesting curiosity about La Odalisca Morena is that it is said that the work was originally created to decorate the boudoir (a small private room) of Queen Maria Leszczyńska in the Palace of Versailles. The image was meant to be part of a series of paintings depicting the four seasons, but eventually became a standalone work due to its great popularity.

Boucher was one of the main representatives of the French Rococo, an artistic movement characterized by its decorative, elegant and joyful style. The Odalisca Morena is a typical example of the Rococo style, with its soft pastel tones, delicate lighting and ornate details such as draperies and cushions. Rococo developed in 18th-century France as a reaction to the heavier and more dramatic Baroque style, and was characterized by its focus on elegance, grace, and beauty.

The Odalisca Morena ranks no. 92 on the list of famous paintings 

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