The Brown Odalisque (Louvre version)
 (also known as L'odalisque Brune)
François Boucher - circa 1745
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Boucher perhaps used his wife as a model for this picture, which is only one of many autograph replicates of another painting still in private hands, probably in Paris. There is another version in the Reims Fine Arts Museum, but with a different face. It is therefore possible that Boucher used the pose as a standard depiction of courtesans and mistresses, changing only the head for his clients. He might also have made the present picture of his wife for himself. See Laing et al., pp. 216-20.
Owner/Location: Musée du Louvre  (France - Paris)
Dates: circa 1745
Artist age:Approximately 42 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 53 cm (20.87 in.), Width: 64 cm (25.2 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member Josselin on 19 July 2013.
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