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  • n. Plural form of odalisque.


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  • Theirs was associated with artistic images created by famous painters such as Ingres, Matisse, Delacroix, or Picasso — who reduced women to odalisques a Turkish word for a female slave — or by talented Hollywood moviemakers, who portrayed harem women as scantily clad belly-dancers happy to serve their captors.

    Scheherazade Goes West

  • Ms. Hanavan said the nine cats reclining like odalisques in the 26-foot van's picture windows came from a variety of sources, though rarely from privilege: city-operated shelters and owners who no longer wanted them, plus strays and animals brought in through humane law enforcement.

    Cat Brigade on Wheels

  • Sex slaves were imagined as the plush, scrubbed, ivory-fleshed Ottoman odalisques eroticized by French Orientalist painters.

    Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism: Britain's Long Fight Against Slavery

  • Take one of the d'Artois wall panels: two nude mermaids with tails entwined hold up a central medallion depicting a Sultan being served by harem-clad odalisques.

    At the Frick, Dreams of Ottoman Treasures

  • Nowadays athletes gaze out at us from magazines, primped, oiled and pouting, like odalisques from the seraglio of some eastern potentate.

    The day video almost killed the Subbuteo star | Harry Pearson

  • In other paintings, a guitar slams into a table like an ax; leaves suggest flames and eager tongues; bananas recline as odalisques; and whole tables prance across rectangles like loaded packhorses.

    A Modern Movement Unto Himself

  • Before the war is done, he moves south, to the sun and sky of Nice, and begins his great suite of naked odalisques.

    MoMA show is the Matisse we don't know -- blacks, whites and the grays in between

  • There was a contingent of slave girls, odalisques, who served the needs of the harem.

    The Thieves of Darkness

  • No paintings of naked odalisques, no illustrated risque versions of the Thousand Nights and a Night lying about on the table.

    red dust

  • A highlight of the current show are graceful pencil drawings of a dancing Françoise, half woman, half flower, reminiscent of the odalisques of his friend and rival, Matisse, who lived in nearby Nice.

    Summer of Picasso


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