Odalisque in Grisaille  1834

by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

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 gri...
32 3/4 x 43 in. (83.2 x 109.2 cm)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art