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Odalisque with Tambourine (Harmony in Blue), 1926

Henri Matisse

French, 1869-1954
Oil on canvas
36-1/4 x 25-5/8 in. (92.1 x 65.1 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
M.1966.07.P
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The image of the odalisque, a concubine of a Near Eastern harem, has a rich history in French painting, especially from the time of nineteenth-century artists such as Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and Eugène Delacroix. It became the primary theme of Henri Matisse’s work during the 1920s. His single
dancer in motion forms a robust arabesque. The red patterns in the blue background seem to be swelling and contracting in rhythm with the sound of the music to which she is moving.

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