Dale Weaver Totten

Untitled (Nude Woman Lying on Couch, or Odalisque)

Watercolor and ink.
Image and paper: 12 1/2 x 8 1/2 in.
Excellent condition.

Inventory number: DWT49
Nude woman lying on a couch with blue and green upholstery with stylized wallpaper of the same colors in the background.

Dale Weaver Totten (1938–2008) developed a distinct artistic style throughout his prolific and diverse career, from when he began exhibiting his artwork around 1960, until after he worked for The Walt Disney Company in the late 1970s and 1980s. His later artworks include original watercolors and drawings, which he created independently, and were an extension of his professional experience. His subjects are ordinary people engaged in everyday activities, and through the fluid lines of his pen, the artist captures the essence of their movements and their place in time.

Totten’s watercolor of a nude woman sprawled comfortably yet seductively on a settee evokes the art-historical motif of the odalisque, otherwise known as a nude female figure posing in a way that accentuates the long, sloping lines of the body. By drawing on the odalisque form, which first arose from a painting by Titian (ca. 1485/09?–1576) during the Italian Renaissance, Totten situates himself firmly among the tradition and demonstrates his historical awareness. At the same time, the artist introduces a new way of portrayal. He not only utilizes thick strokes of black ink to outline the female figure, but also paints his subject in an apparently modern setting, indicated by the patterned blue and green wallpaper.

The Dale Weaver Totten Collection is available exclusively at Jewel Spiegel Gallery in Englewood, New Jersey. You may read the artist’s biography here.

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