Made in Japan


Collage, photograph, oil and wood on canvas

130 x 199 x 3 cm

An explosion of colours, Made in Japan stands out because of the break between the classic nude and the abstract setting around it. However, the loud, kitschy colours’ homogeneity connect all the parts of the painting, which offers a radical re-reading of Ingres’ Odalisque by mixing collage, photography, oil and wood.

Oversized and deeply revised, only the central female figure remains of the original work, revealing the obsessive nature of Raysse's work in the early 1960s. Fascinated by modern and classic female stereotypes, he dedicated the series Made in Japan to nudes by the Old Masters. His interpretations in "martialcolor" enhance the value of bright colours and are deeply rooted in the imagination of Pop Art.

Recalling Japanese prints, Raysse’s Made in Japan is in the Pinault Collection. It was exhibited for the first time at the "Sequence 1" show in 2007 at the Palazzo Grassi.