ODALISQUES by Bob Kessel



Bob Kessel’s art series “ODALISQUES” features pictures like “ODALISQUE WITH CULOTTES” shown above. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

During the 19th century, odalisques became common fantasy figures in the artistic movement known as Orientalism, being featured in many erotic paintings from that era.

In the nineteenth century, when more artists traveled to the Middle East, they began representing more numerous scenes of Oriental culture. In many of these works, they portrayed the Orient as exotic for its differences, colorful and sensual. Such works typically concentrated on Near-Eastern Islamic cultures, as those were the ones visited by artists as France became more engaged in North Africa. French artists such as Eugène Delacroix, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres and later, Henri Matisse painted many works depicting Islamic culture, often including lounging odalisques.

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