Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Odalisque by French artist Suzanne Valadon (1867-1938)

Suzanne Valadon (1867-1938) The Blue Room (Odalisque) 1923

Valadon Was interested in shaking up preconceived ideas. Here is a tough odalisque, Perhaps more interested in smoking cigarettes & amp; reading than in luring a male companion. Odalisque comes from a Turkish suffix Expressing a function, as sort of English "er" or "ary" might When added to a noun. And oda is a room, a chamber here in a harem. The odalisque Refers to the traditionally used gold female slave in the harem of a Turkish sultan. The term adopté Was During The academic 19C by Europe as a form of artistic eroticism in orientalism. In an interesting twist, Turkish writer Melek Hanum (Hanim) [1814-1873] used the word odalisque referring to a slave as she wrote: "If Any lady possesses a pretty-looking slave, the fact soon gets Known Who The gentlemen wish. to buy an odalisque for a wife, make Their offers. Many Turks, Indeed, prefer to take a slave as a wife, as, in Such box, There Is No need to dread fathers, mothers, or brothers-in-law, and --other undesirable relationships.  "So much for troublesome in-laws.

Orientalism is a term used by art, literary, & amp; cultural studies scholars for the depiction of aspects of Middle Eastern & amp; Eastern cultures by writers & amp; artists from Western cultures. Orientalist painting, depicting mostly "the Middle East" was one of the Many areas of 19C art.