Description An odalisque (female member of a harem) reclines exposed in the harem listening to a servant's lute music. This painting was commissioned by King Wilhelm I of Württemberg and was executed by Ingres with the assistance of his pupil Paul Flandrin. A version of this subject painted three years earlier shows the odalisque in an enclosed room rather than with the garden vista in the background (Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts). This exotic composition, which was inspired by a passage from Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's Turkish Letters (1763), may have been conceived by Ingres in response to his rival Eugène Delacroix's success as a painter of Near Eastern subjects.
|2/02/1948||Treatment||cleaned; loss compensation; other|
|3/07/1955||Examination||examined for condition|
|5/01/1963||Examination||examined for condition|
|5/31/1983||Examination||examined for condition|
|6/14/1983||Treatment||cleaned; coated; repaired; loss compensation; other|
|11/12/1984||Examination||examined for exhibition|
|8/01/1991||Treatment||cleaned; loss compensation; coated; other|
|7/31/1992||Treatment||loss compensation; other|
|4/08/1999||Examination||examined for condition|
- French Master Paintings from Baltimore. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2001-0.
- From Ingres to Gauguin: French Nineteenth Century Paintings Owned in Maryland. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1951.
- Inaugural Exhibition at the Fort Worth Art Center. Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth. 1954.
- Ingres in American Collections. Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York, New York. 1961.
- Triumph of French Painting: Masterpieces from Ingres to Matisse. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach; Dayton Art Institute, Dayton; Royal Academy of Arts, London; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo. 2000-2002.
- From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance Wilhelm I, King of Wurtemberg, 1842, by commission; Delessert [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Baron Gustave de Rothschild, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sir Phillip Sassoon, London [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Wildenstein and Co., New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1925, by purchase [with encouragement of Bryson Burroughs, Wildenstein & Co.]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower left: J.Ingres; [Date] Lower left: 1842
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1925
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