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Brent Schroeder Art History 11/13/07 The Grand Odalisque helped free the notion that grand manner portraiture had to be elegant and controlled. In the 18 th century many of the portraiture paintings were painted with dramatic backgrounds and controlled poses. Grand Odalisque takes a jump away from this style in the sense that the figure is completely nude and actually looks realistic, whereas Thomas Gainsborough’s painting Mrs Richard Brinsley Sheridan is painted with a sense of restriction. There is hardly any foreground and the woman’s face in the picture seems to be the main focus, the landscape is shaded with green, brown, and other dark colors except for around her face where there is a hint of yellow and light green to really draw your focus to her face. In Grand Odalisque, Louvre Paris shows one of the first painting’s that really breaks away from neoclassicism. In the painting a woman poses on a bed nude with some type of feather in her right hand. She is the main focus of the painting and its background
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