The Kings have inaugurated this Thursday in the Museum of Fine Arts of Granada, located in the Palace of Carlos V of the Alhambra, the exhibition “Odalisques. From Ingres to Picasso”, an exhibition that reflects with 48 works on the creation of the myth of the odalisque and its artistic evolution in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The monarchs have been accompanied by the Minister of Science, Pedro Duque; the president of the Board, Juanma Moreno; the delegate of the Government in Andalusia, Pedro Fernández; the mayor of Granada, Luis Salvador; and the director of the Alhambra, Rocío Díaz, among others.
The exhibition, organized by the Board of the Alhambra, offers a journey through two centuries of art to reflect on the odalisque and its leading role in art history and bring the vision of this myth immortalized by artists such as Ingres, Delacroix, Matisse or Picasso. .
Through fifty pieces, the exhibition curated by María López Fernández reveals how that dreamed image of the oriental woman was created and the essays that allowed it to evolve from the drawings and sketches of Ingres to the peculiar forms of the nude woman by Picasso.
Don Felipe and Doña Leticia have toured the three spaces of the temporary exhibition hall of the Palacio de Carlos V dedicated to this exhibition and that allow us to analyze this theme in a transversal way to know a century and a half that has captured one of the greatest aesthetic transformations of Western painting and the importance of the traditional female nude.
Through pieces by artists such as Ingres, Delacroix, Chasseriau, Gérôme, Constant, Bernard, Matisse and Picasso, among others, the show brings the odalisque, which represented a dreamed, mythologized and, therefore, misunderstood image of the oriental woman .
In addition to knowing the exhibition, Don Felipe and Doña Leticia have passed through the Patio de los Leones, where they have received the affection of tourists who visited the Nasrid Palaces, and have signed in the honor book of the monument in the Patio del Haén.
“Odalisques”, which can be visited until September 10, centers the first of its three rooms on Ingres and presents 18 drawings by the artist from the Musée Ingres-Bourdelle in Montauban (France) and the iconic painting “Petit Harem” from the Musée du Louvre, a way to illustrate how he formulated a plastic odalisque model.
For his part, and from an almost opposite place, Delacroix shifts the picturesque interest of the subject towards chromatic experimentation, as shown in the study for “Women of Algiers” loaned by the Musée de Rouen.
The central room addresses the orientalist reverie with pieces by Constant, Gérôme or Seel that contributed to recreate and spread misogynistic fantasies, clichés and prejudices around the harem and which are presented together with pieces that were part of the Nasrid harems of the Eastern world. from the Alhambra Museum.
These models were subjected to a rereading with avant-garde artists as shown in a third room focused on Matisse and Picasso in which works such as “La femme au tambourin” or “Femme au bonnet turc” from the Center Pompidou display.
The director of the Alhambra recalled that the monument was one of the most prestigious settings of modernity throughout the 19th and 20th centuries and served to inspire the great artists of the avant-garde.
The monarchs have also received the affection and applause of the tourists who have concentrated in the entrance square of the Palace of Carlos V and who have taken the opportunity to ovation them.