01 Orientalist Painting, Guillaume Seignac’s Odalisque, with footnotes, #115

Henry Zaidan
2 min readFeb 1, 2023
Guillaume Seignac, 1870–1924, FRENCH
Odalisque

Oil on canvas
55.5 by 46.5cm., 22 by 18¼in
Private collection

An odalisque was a chambermaid or a female attendant in a Turkish seraglio, particularly the court ladies in the household of the Ottoman sultan. In western usage, the term came to mean the harem concubine, and refers to the eroticized artistic genre in which a woman is represented mostly or completely nude in a reclining position, often in the setting of a harem. More on An odalisque

Guillaum Seignac (1870–1924) was a French academic painter. He was born in Rennes in 1870, and died in Paris in 1924. He started training at the Académie Julian in Paris, where he spent 1889 through 1895. He had many teachers there, including Gabriel Ferrier, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, and Tony Robert-Fleury. In addition to his training in the academic style, much of Seignac’s work displayed classical themes and style, for example, his use of diaphanous drapery covering a woman’s body is reminiscent of classical style, in particular the sculptor Phidias. In 1897, Guillaume Seignac regularly exhibited at the Salon and won several honors, including in 1900 honorable mention and in 1903 a Third Class medal. More on Guillaum Seignac

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