Suzanne Valadon (1867-1938) The Blue Room (Odalisque) 1923
Valadon was interested in shaking up preconceived ideas.
Here is a tough odalisque, perhaps more interested in smoking cigarettes and reading than in luring a male companion.
Odalisque comes from a Turkish suffix expressing a function, sort of as English “er” or “ary” might when added to a noun. And oda is a room, here a chamber in a harem.
The odalisque traditionally refers to the female slave or servant in the harem of a Turkish sultan. The term was adopted during the 19th century by academic Europe as a form of artistic eroticism in orientalism.
Photo: Suzanne Valadon
In an interesting twist, Turkish writer Melek Hanum (Hanim) [1814-1873] used the word odalisque referring to a slave as she wrote: “If any lady possesses a pretty-looking slave, the fact soon gets known.
The gentlemen who wish to buy an odalisque for a wife, make their offers. Many Turks, indeed, prefer to take a slave as a wife, as, in such case, there is no need to dread fathers, mothers, or brothers-in-law, and other undesirable relations.”
Photographer Sigurdur William camped out at the edge of the Kerid volcanic crater lake in Iceland where he captured this unusual view of the Northern lights and stars reflected on the water’s surface.
Located in southern Iceland the Kerid is one of many crater lakes in the area that are frequented by locals and tourists alike, some of who visit through Sigurdur William’s photography tour business Arctic Shots.
Do you love the idea of enjoying a refreshing drink, several hundred feet under the surface of the ocean?
But without the hassle of actually embarking on a real submarine? Of course you do.
And now, thanks to 6th-Sense Interiors, you can visit The Romanian Sub pub in the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca
You’ll find torpedoes, radar systems, control panels, periscopes, nautical navigation charts and curved ceilings – everything you’d expect at this submarine-themed bar that lets you enjoy a night out that’s 20,000 leagues under the sea.
It’s all steam punk inspired decor and fun. Make sure you put this spot on your wish list, next time you visit Romania’s second largest city.