Odalisque is the maid, maid, slave; this is a woman from the harem of the Sultan. In the West, the odalisque is perceived as a concubine or sexual slave. In fact, they were basically servants of the Sultan’s wives, and the ruler himself often did not even see it.
However, in rare cases, when the odalisque has beauty, charm and intelligence, it can charm the sultan. Therefore, there were cases when Odalisks became their wives. Odalisque, depicted Delacroix, of course, not a servant, namely the lover of the Sultan or his entourage.
In exhaustion after a stormy night, she rests, stretched out on the couch, slightly covered in a sheet. Nearby is a jug of wine, a saber is lying, – evidence of the presence of a man here.