Winter Odalisque, 1953, Oil on Canvas, 16 in x 20 in
Title: Winter Odalisque
Artist: Sylvia Sleigh
Painting: Oil on Canvas
Size: 16" x 20"
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Soon after her first solo exhibition in 1953, Sylvia Sleigh hired a “slight and small but prettily made” model named Dawn Kingham, who posed nude for three paintings before the year ended. In this diminutive picture, Dawn reclines on a couch by the fireplace. While the painting was in progress, Sleigh conceived the title, Winter Odalisque. The name alludes to the warm indoor setting and the nineteenth-century European predilection for recumbent female nudes in lavish environments.
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