le grande odalisque

October 16, 2010


Though these earlier works are not always earnestly ethnographic but frankly possessive fantasias of ‘the East’ and its ‘mysterious’ ways, the odalisques of Delacroix and Ingres remain foreign, languorous as you and I cannot hope to be. Gaze upon them and sigh.

Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime, Patricia Hampl

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One Response to “le grande odalisque”


  1. I know this is completely random but MANY MANY years ago, Express used this painting as the backdrop in of their store windows.


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