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“La Grande Odalisque”, painted in 1814 by Jean-Auguste Ingres and housed prominently in the Louvre, was commissioned a year previously by the sister of Napoleon Bonaparte, Caroline Murat, then the Queen of Naples. Intended as a companion piece to another Ingres work known as The Sleeper (but unfortunately destroyed in 1815), this early example of Orientalism is also a staggering example of Neo-Classicalism, fresh from the revolutionary zeal of Jacques-Louis David, the erstwhile tutor of Ingres. The long and flexible form, utterly bereft of light or shade, is ushered on by the seemingly boundless contours of its anatomy. With her anatomically inaccurate backbone that stretches far longer than it should, Ingres’ “La Grande Odalisque” is cast immediately as a figure of the imagination. In Western art since the Renaissance the presence of the naked female form was only permitted if clothed in the fantasies of classicalism. As such, Ingres transported his figure to the imagined exotic East, the world of the Islamic harem, and the Turkish bath. Although it was a world rarely witnessed by western eyes, the Oriental world became a favored topic for artists and image-makers. Indeed, Ingres made his lengthy career on the successes of his Orientalist canvases, ensuring that the form would dominate art sales for almost the entirety of the nineteenth century. As vast parts of the Orientialized world fell under western colonial control, more artists ventured to North Africa and the Middle East in such of subjects. Ingres, however, never did. His exotic east was a figment of the imagination, and as such remained unsullied by the vicious aspirations of colonial expansion.
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Every item is made-to-order and assembled in-house by our team, using only premium materials...cuz we're a little OCD about art.
All of our premium materials are sourced from the states, and then assembled at iCanvas, in Illinois. Lincoln would be proud.
All of our artwork comes gallery wrapped. The image is stretched around the sides and stapled to the back of the wooden frame. Your piece of art will be ready to hang, and will include an easy-to-use hanging kit.
A little “armor for your art” that won‘t obscure the canvas. Your canvas print is gallery wrapped and mounted to a 2" thick, elegant, black hard wood frame. The art is inset, leaving a 3/8" space between the art and frame, creating the illusion that your art is “floating.”
Draw their eyes into the art with a classic frame. Your canvas print will be gallery wrapped and then carefully encased with a contemporary black hard wood frame. Only available for select .75" thick sizes.
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The best quality canvas for texture and finish; premium inks for vivid color; hand-stretched over 100% North American pine frames.
Every item is made-to-order — printed, stretched, and stapled here, at iCanvas.