Odalisque

In 2011 the Law Society of British Columbia brought a discipline hearing against an unnamed lawyer for referring to another lawyer’s client as living with an odalisque. The Law Society found the use of the word, though an extremely poor choice, did not rise to the level of professional misconduct. (Wikipedia)

Odalisque, 2015, digital print, 42 x 59 cm
Odalisque, 2015, digital print, 42 x 59 cm

This is a drawing of a picture hook, so there shouldn’t be any problems there.

In the history of European art, the odalisque painting was popular during the era of “Orientalism” in the 19th Century. The romanticising of foreign cultures, the celebration of sexual slavery, the objectification of women… not exactly European art’s finest hour.


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