During the 1920s Matisse created an abundant number of representations in several different media of "odalisques" (female slaves or concubines in the harem of a Turkish sultan). Rather than real Eastern odalisques, however, these were European models in costumes that Matisse arranged artfully among the Orientalist trappings of his studio. This drawing depicts his favorite model of the 1920s, a Frenchwoman named Henriette Darricarrère. Matisse's refined use of the pencil shows that the famed colorist was an equally masterful draftsman.
Fonte: Reclining Odalisque, c. 1923. Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954). Graphite; sheet: 28.2 x 38.5 cm (11 1/8 x 15 3/16 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1927.300 © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York