Description & Technical information

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.

Date:  1911
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Oil on canvas
Signature: Signed 'Manguin' (lower right)

Dimensions:  cm (31¹/₄ x 39³/₄ inches)
Provenance: 

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

Literature: Lucile and Claude Manguin and Marie-Caroline Sainsaulieu, Henri Manguin, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, Neuchâtel, 1980, no. 381, illustrated p. 157

Exhibitions: Paris, Galerie E. Druet, Manguin, 1913, no. 24

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints