Henri Matisse - Odalisque with Gray Trousers 1927

Henri Matisse - Odalisque with Gray Trousers 1927
Odalisque with Gray Trousers
1927 65x81cm oil/canvas
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

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From the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City:
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."