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Odalisque in GrisailleOdalisque in Grisaille
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Odalisque in Grisaille

1824 - 1834
This painting is an unfinished repetition, reduced in size and much simplified, of the celebrated Grande Odalisque of 1814 (Musée du Louvre, Paris), a work that was central to Ingres’s conception of ideal beauty. Ingres cited it in a list of works he executed in Paris between 1824 and 1834, a period bracketed by lengthy sojourns in Italy. Paintings in shades of gray—en grisaille—were often made to establish variations in tone as a guide to engravers of black and white reproductive prints. As this work has not been linked definitively to known reproductions of the Grande Odalisque, its intended purpose remains uncertain. (Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art)
32 3/4 x 43 in. (83.2 x 109.2 cm)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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