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Odalisque

Taras Shevchenko. Odalisque

Taras Shevchenko. Odalisque. 1840. [St. Petersburg].
Paper, watercolor, bronze. 18,3 × 20,5 cm.
Taras Shevchenko National Museum, ¹ g – 297.

At the bottom left author's signature and date in red watercolor: Shevchenko. 1840; black paint right stamp: RM.

On the back hazy ink inscription: I Bronzoufu fluy ziu mozigmi treitaj Lauffeit [Single bronze frame plane tomorrow to Friday. Laufert (bad deutsch)]. By assumption B.S.Butnyk–Seversky, the inscription was made by architect and collector J. Laufert (1811 – 1846) [Butnyk–Seversky B. On studying painting heritage T.H. Shevchenko in preparation for the academic edition of his works // Bulletin of the Academy of Sciences of the UkrSSR. – K., 1953. – ¹ 6. – p. 12].

Work was first mentioned in 1911 with title "Sleeping woman" [Product Shevchenko's Exhibition in Moscow in the 50th anniversary of his death (1861 – 1911). – M., 1911. – p. 8. – ¹ 70 (on display in reproduction)]. With the name "Odalisque" commented by K.V. Shyrotsky in 1915 [Shyrotsky K. Turkey in pictures Shevchenko // Collection Memory Shevchenko. – K., 1915. – p. 91 – 94]

Reproduced for the first time with name "Herself the mistress in the house" in 1925 [Shevchenko and his era: Collection I. – K., 1925. – Between the p. 196 – 197]

In PZT placed with titled "Portrait of a woman" [T. Shevchenko Complete Works: in 10 volumes. – K., 1961. – Vol. 7, bk. 1. – p. 12. – ¹ 21].

Storage areas: property of M.D. Rezvy; after 1853 – of D.M. Rezvy; from 1912 – in Society to encourage artists; from 1922 – the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg); from 1929 – Chernihiv Historical Museum; from 1948 – State Museum of T.H. Shevchenko (Kyiv).

Exhibitions:

1964. Kyiv – Moscow. Shevchenko Jubilee Exhibition [Jubilee art exhibition on the 150-year anniversary of the birth of T.H. Shevchenko: Product. – Kiev, 1964. – p. 6];

1968. Prague. Shevchenko exhibition [Taras Ševčenko: Výstava o životĕ a díle. – [Prague 1968]. – ¹ 5 / 1];

1984. Kyiv. Shevchenko – artist. To 170–th birthday [Shevchenko – artist: Exhibition Catalogue. – K., 1986. – p. 7].

L.D. Zinchuk

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – K.: ed. of Acad. Sci. of UkrSSR, 1961, t. 7, bk. 1, ¹ 21 (image); T.H. Shevchenko Complete Works in 12 volumes. – K.: Naukova Dumka, 2003, v. 7, p. 378 (notes).