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Seated Nude by Amedeo Modigliani

    Seated Nude by Amedeo Modigliani

    Seated Nude by Amedeo Modigliani was created in 1917. The painting is in Musee Royal des Beaux Arts d’Anvers. The size of the work is 114,5 x 71,5 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    Modigliani’s talent lies in his skill in capturing the essence of the sitter with a personal and always recognisable visual idiom. His iconic paintings are first and foremost ‘a Modigliani’, and only then a portrait or a nude. His work is typified by elongated and simplified forms: a long neck like a column, an oval head, a long nose, a small mouth with lips pressed together, and an empty gaze in two almond-shaped eyes that enhance the model’s mystery. Stylistically, Sitting nude is a slightly restrained portrait of a woman with a shorter neck, a head not as oval, and so on. When the Belgian government bought it in 1926, the influential modern journal Sélection observed critically: ‘Not exactly one of the most successful works by Modigliani,… but anyway always better than no Modigiani at all’. Read more in Musee Royal des Beaux Arts d’Anvers.

    About the Artist: Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani was born in Livorno. Modigliani worked in Micheli’s Art School from 1898 to 1900. Here his earliest formal artistic instruction took place in an atmosphere steeped in a study of the styles and themes of 19th-century Italian art. In his earliest Parisian work, traces of this influence, and that of his studies of Renaissance art, can still be seen. His nascent work was influenced by such Parisian artists as Giovanni Boldini and Toulouse-Lautrec… Read more

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