Petite Odalisque ou Nu à la Nature Morte, 1911

by Henri Manguin

P.O.A.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 31.3 x 39.8 in./79.5 x 101.1 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower right
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Petite Odalisque ou Nu à la Nature Morte is a depiction of his wife, Jeanne who he married in 1899 and became his favourite model, placed against a colourful and elaborately patterned room filled with rich tapestries. The fleshy tones of her curvaceous body contrast against the luxurious white sheets that she reclines upon. Her body is painted with a natural ease and suggestive sensuousness, concentrating on the idea of woman as muse, relaxed and pensive with a sure sense of colour. He was concerned with simple expression and sensuous surface.

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Henri Manguin was a painter concerned with simple expression and sensuous surface as demonstrated so beautifully in this piece. During his career he increasingly focused on the depiction of female nudes in rich and sumptuous environments. In 1899 he married Jeanne who went on to become his favourite model for the next forty years.

Petite Odalisque ou Nu à la Nature Morte is a depiction of his wife, placed against a colourful and elaborately patterned room filled with rich tapestries. The fleshy tones of her curvaceous body contrast against the luxurious white sheets that she reclines upon. Her body is painted with a natural ease and suggestive sensuousness, concentrating on the idea of woman as muse, relaxed and pensive with a sure sense of colour.

Galerie E. Druet, Paris (acquired from the artist in April 1912)
R. Buhler, Winterthur
Sale: Galerie Koller A.G., Zürich, June 9, 1989, lot 5175
Private Colleciton, New York
Private Collection, United Kingdom

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Henri Manguin increasingly focused on the depiction of female nudes in rich and sumptuous environments throughout his career and was much influenced by his friend and neighbour Henri Matisse.

Manguin was a central figure within the Fauvist group and a life-long friend of Marquet, Camoin, Valtat and Matisse. He participated in the famous ‘Cage aux Fauves’ in 1905 and then exhibited at the Carnegie Institute, at the Tuileries and at the Venice Biennale. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts under Gustave Moreau alongside Matisse and Charles Camoin, who became close friends, and made many copies of the Renaissance art at the Louvre. His work was greatly influenced by impressionism, which is reflected in his frequent use of bright pastel colours. In 1899 he married Jeanne who went on to become his favourite model for the next forty years. Then from 1931 onwards new models started posing for his odalisques. Monique was the first model to pose for him after the last “nu” of Jeanne.

In 1906 the famous patron Ambroise Vollard bought 150 of his paintings and in 1907 his first solo exhibition was held at Galerie Druet. He enjoyed immense success throughout his career attracting the major collectors such as the Swiss Hahnloser and the Russian Stchoukine.

 

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