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"Big Odalisque" - a picture of the French artist Jean Ingres, painted in 1814. He painted his canvas commissioned by Queen of Naples Carolina Murat. This painting has become the most significant and famous achievement in the entire work of Ingres.
In his painting, Ingres, imitating the greatest artists of the Renaissance, idealized and perfected the features of the sitters posing for him in order to obtain expressive forms and achieve ideal proportions.
In his painting "Big Odalisque", the artist added 3 additional vertebrae to his model, which was immediately noticed by critics. But despite the fact that the French artist violated the anatomical proportions, the paintings as a whole look very harmonious.
The naked odalisk is depicted, as Ingres often liked to write, from the back. Her body and posture are amazingly flexible and feminine. Ingres masterfully depicts crumpled fabrics and folds of drapery.
The painting has an abundance of oriental jewelry and attributes, such as a headdress, a fan, and smoking accessories. It is widely known that the head of the beautiful Odalisque is almost identical to the female head depicted in the painting of Ingres "Raphael and Fornarina."
Jewelry such as bracelets on the wrist and a hoop of pure gold, decorated with ruby and pearls, adorn the already perfect young body of the girl.
Critics of that time took the picture of "Big Odalisque" ambiguously. Ingres was criticized for not observing anatomical proportions and for abandoning living concreteness. Other artists were fascinated by the mysterious image of a girl who is attracted to the exoticism of the East.
After the fall of Napoleon, the customer was unable to accept the picture. In 1899, the canvas was bought by the Louvre, where it is located to this day.
Description of the picture for lunch Zinaida Serebryakova