Odalisque: Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Odalisque

Odalisque subtitled ‘The Woman of Algiers’ is an Impressionist painting created in 1870 by French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

This work belongs to the tradition of the depiction of Oriental or African women by western artists which was popular in the 19th century during the Scramble for Africa by European empires.

Where it differs from the traditional is in the fact that Renoir’s sitter is fully clothed, and this affords him the opportunity to revel in the color of the clothing. Renoir painted this work in 1870.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Odalisque is in the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

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