William McGregor Paxton
- William McGregor Paxton
- Odalisque with a Slave (Copy after Ingres)
- signed COPIED BY PAXTON, dated 1932, and inscribed J. INGRES / ROM. 1839 (lower left)
- oil on panel
- 29 1/8 by 40 in.
- 74 by 101.6 cm
Vose Galleries, Boston
Robert Douglas Hunter (according to a label on the reverse)
Private Collection (and sold, Grogan & Company, Boston, December 10, 1994, lot 252, illustrated)
Private Collection (acquired at the above sale and sold, Sotheby's, New York, April 18, 2007, lot 12, illustrated)
Acquired at the above sale
Ingres’ Odalisque with a Slave was acquired by Philadelphian Carroll S. Tyson sometime shortly after June 1931. Tyson was an amateur artist and went on to amass one of the most important collections of nineteenth century French painting, now part of the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Paxton and Tyson were close friends and Paxton painted his version of Ingres’ masterpiece while studying the picture in Tyson’s home. In the present work, Paxton emulates Ingres’ curvilinear rendering of the recumbent odalisque, lying barely clothed in her daybed. Her dutiful servant entertains her while a eunuch stands guard nearby. Paxton is careful to recreate the smooth, hard surface and strong compositional order of the original. He faithfully transcribes the geometrically-patterned textiles and sumptuous fabrics, even adopting Ingres’ vivid palette comprised of primary hues. Odalisque with a Slave (Copy after Ingres) is a skillfully rendered homage to the great French master and is testament to the lasting impact of European art on American artists.