Odalisque c1858 by French Painter Henri-Pierre Picou (1824 – 1895); known for his early portrait work and historical subject matter and in his later years for his Allegorical and Mythological themes
An Odalisque was a female attendant or chambermaid in a Turkish Seraglio (a sequestered living quarter used by wives and concubines in an Ottoman household.).
This Odalisque painting shows a nude central female figure who may be the main wife or Concubine, is resting on a marble couch that is padded with decorative pillows and sheets; that is part of a double stacked marble base that leads to a pool; and in the background there are green plants.
She is surrounded by eight other nude women; two that are partially in the pool of water. with one petting a young tiger that is putting the foot of the main female into its mouth.
There are also three more females (which are most like the Odalisque), that one can assume are slaves that are providing for the needs of the other women that are relaxing on the marble pedestal.
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Henri-Pierre was an academic painter and one of the founders of the Neo-Grec school, along with his close friends Gustave Boulanger, Jean-Léon Gérôme, and Jean-Louis Hamon, also academic painters.
All of the men studied in the workshops of both Paul Delaroche and later Charles Gleyre. Picou’s style was noticeably influenced by Gleyre; while the rest of the group generally painted classical and mythological subjects.
Picou first debuted is artistic style at the Salon in 1847; and the following year was awarded a second-class medal for his painting, Cléopâtre et Antoine sur le Cydnus. Also known as Cleopatra on the Cydnus, it is commonly regarded as Picou’s masterpiece.
The showing at the Salon in 1848 of Cléopâtre et Antoine sur le Cydnus was written about by the critic Théophile Gautier, who felt that the subject matter was too ambitious, but also said that “As it is, it gives the best hope for the future of the young artist, and ranks among the seven or eight most important paintings of the Salon.”
In 1875, the painting was exhibited in New York, and afterward found a place on the walls of a private art gallery in San Francisco.
Picou maintained a large workshop in Paris on the Boulevard de Magenta, which provided him room to work on his expansive frescoes. His popularity continued to rise and he went on to win the Second Prix de Rome in 1853 for his painting, Jésus chassant les vendeurs du Temple (The Moneylenders Chased from the Temple), and another second-class medal for his Salon painting in 1857.
From the time of his debut in 1847, he became a regular at the Salon, showing almost every year until his final exhibit in 1893. He has been called the most fashionable painter towards the close of the Second French Empire; and received many commissions, including commissions for large religious frescoes from many churches, which included the Église Saint-Roch.