Amedeo Modigliani Most Famous Paintings
Who was Amedeo Modigliani?
Amedeo Clemente Modigliani known as Amedeo Modigliani was born on July 12, 1884, in Tuscany and lived in Livorno, Italy. He was a renowned painter and sculptor, based primarily in France and has been recognized for his nude portrait and modern style interpretation of paintings and sculptures, the style of making stretched out necks and faces are new to the eyes of the people, and was not appreciated during his years but later earned acceptance after his death on January 24, 1920, at the age of 35 years old.
The different techniques and styles in his artwork were mostly influenced by the art of antiquity and the renaissance period, which he studied in Micheli’s Art School in his early years, after finishing his study he transferred to Paris in 1906, where he met Pablo Picasso and Constantin Brancusi, and in 1909 to 1914 he focused mainly in sculpture which led him to salon d’ Automne (Autumn Salon) an annual art exhibition that started in 1903, his works were alongside with the cubist.
He then started to showcase his works to the people and continue to express his great talent. Modigliani in his most famous artworks claimed little praises and small success but gained popularity after he passed away. His artworks led to a new era and style of interpretation and is an inspiration to other artists.
Here are the 12 top paintings by Amedeo Modigliani:
- Reclining Nude by Amedeo Modigliani
- Nude Sitting on a Divan by Amedeo Modigliani
- Gypsy Woman with Baby by Amedeo Modigliani
- Portrait of Jeanne Hebuterne - Seated by Amedeo Modigliani
- Woman with Blue Eyes by Amedeo Modigliani
- Portrait of Jean Cocteau by Amedeo Modigliani
- Alice by Amedeo Modigliani
- Little Girl in Blue by Amedeo Modigliani
- Portrait Of Lunia Czechovska by Amedeo Modigliani
- Portrait Of Lunia Czechovska with a Fan by Amedeo Modigliani
- Caryatid by Amedeo Modigliani
- Seated Nude by Amedeo Modigliani
Amedeo Modigliani Artworks
Reclining Nude by Amedeo Modigliani
The Reclining Nude in 1917 was one of the nude series he created to visualized sensual feelings. The artwork presents a naked female body with a defined body that runs through the whole portrait.
If seen closely from the top view her hands and feet are not seen inside the frame which makes the person viewing the portrait to focus on the soft silky skin that shines against the dark red couch. Modigliani seductively depicts his Reclining Nude as a symbol of eroticism.
Modigliani painted Nude Sitting on a Divan in 1917, portraying a partly dressed woman with crossed legs alongside a background with warm red color. The artwork was also part of the nude series he created that brought phenomenon when displayed in Paris during the same year.
The numerous canvas of nudes Modigliani created in 1916 and 1919 establish most of his finest-known artworks. It highlighted the context of eroticism and brought an impact in the style of art, it showed a certain level elegance referred to Italian Renaissance while giving the sensual feeling, it also showed the context of expressionism and modernism. The nudes he created were known to be neither modest nor insulting, thus express objectively.
The artwork Gypsy Woman with Baby may be seen ordinary, but it contains deep and underlying thoughts, there are wide traces of awareness in the history of art that is presented in the whole picture, especially in the Italian tradition.
The oval-shaped face like a mask expresses either insignificance or perceptive description. The elongated shapes of the body emphasized mostly on the neck depicts Mannerists in the late 16th century. And the twisting lines that dance through the clothes, around the chest of the woman and along with the face shows in the idea of Sienese artist of 14th century. It is mainly because of his influences that gave way to form the painting.
The Portrait of Jeanne Hébuterne is intimate to Amedeo Modigliani, and the shocking and heartbreaking reality is that it gives way to death instead of the life that drew them at once. It is known that the woman in the portrait did suicide the next day following Modigliani's death and was buried alongside Modigliani.
Modigliani's friends labeled her as a gifted artist and in her companion's existence, always stayed calmly quiet, to the point that a few persons who knew her said that they have not even heard her voice ever.
This portrait of Jeanne Hebuterne which she was called to be “Coconut” by her friends, because of her hairdo expresses her soft and slightly relaxed attitude. The arrangement is split into wide areas of shade in a finely attractive way; the painting’s graceful shape holds off even with the background.
Woman with Blue Eyes by Amedeo Modigliani
The impartial backgrounds of the painting, Woman in Blue Eyes, underlines the physical significance of the looks of the woman sitting. While the artistic style of this era was gradually controlled by analytical styles, Modigliani, in preserving with his conventional point of view of the artist task, stayed further involved with the precisely visible qualities of painting.
French writer and film-maker Jean Cocteau is the subject of this painting. This portrait demonstrates a coherent highlight in Modigliani's style, such as the portrayal of two distinct angles in the same painting, demonstrating how the front pose of the sitting woman combines with the horizontal view of the model's features.
This intelligent idea of composition is common in primitive art and was a popular expression by the cubist.
In this painting, a girl is wearing an ordinary blue dress. She rests and poses for the artist. The girl sees at the audiences, and the eyes are slightly round like almond-molded eyes.
The face of the girl is blended with dark hair and carelessly fall on the clothes in this artwork the artist intentionally portrays more of the African tribes' characteristics. The backdrop makes a specific difference with the shape of the model.
At a similar moment, it is in coordination with the shade of the dress of the model. Modigliani handled to depict the highly spirited girl, what’s good with the artwork is the fact that there are no incorrect dimensions that destroy the look at all. Which when seen by the people creates a cozy feel when looking at the model.
Little Girl in Blue by Amedeo Modigliani
Different from other artworks of Modigliani’s artworks that show the naked female shapes, this artwork seems to show the simplicity of being a child. The pose is innocent and the looks of the model create a bright appearance.
It is hard to give analysis to this kind of artwork, the representation on the models face is fairly solemn, but wasn’t unfriendly at all. It is best portrayed as gracious, maybe inspired by cultural decorum or simply carried off of the unwillingness and dullness linked with the difficult task of modeling for a painting. The model is neatly dressed and gives the vibe of being rich.
She is placed in the area of a room, where her shadow leans on the wall, aside from that her blue clothing is complemented by a collar, color white, and footwear of color black. This type of artwork can be considered as “expressionist” for the painting represents the interpretation of the artist in the girl, rather than fairly giving what could be thought a graphical interpretation of the matter.
Amedeo Modigliani is recognized for his paintings done in overly extended shapes, especially the neck. Lunia Czechowska is one of his frequent models. The painter made the "Portrait of Lunia Czechowska" in the style of expressionism which is seen clearly in the brushstroke and shades.
The figure is confronting sideways with importance on her smartly stretched neck and demanding facial representation that can be considered as an artistic pose.
In this painting Modigliani displays his strong models pose elegantly, the models sitting position together with its yellow-toned dress making supple bends alongside the scarlet backdrop is extremely gorgeous.
It is based on her life, the feeling of having the spirit set naked and posing a strange position for her to disguised her feeling, Czechovska acutely remembered lying for Modigliani as they drank inexpensive brandy, where she sang and fall eventually to the Italian. She fell so much into the action of where she became unaware of the presence of people near her. After that, there she was seen in a painting.
Modigliani created many sketches of caryatids. Their extremely abstracted style, which shows his interest in a broad array of arts that are deemed to be primeval, includes African and mainly Cambodian statues and carvings.
The sketches were preliminary drafts for his sculptures, and Modigliani is said to have created a shrine to humanity’ which he embodied to be encircled by several caryatids. However, he seems to have created only one figure related to the crouching figure.
Seated Nude by Amedeo Modigliani
The seated Nude by Amedeo Modigliani is one of the many naked artworks he made, however, the level of raw sensuality in each of his modern artworks are different.
The attack in this nude painting is different taking into consideration the depiction of female in the renaissance to the 19th century, where the female nude painting is highly associated with mythology However the series of paintings were done with context of eroticism, in this painting the elongated shape was inspired by Modigliani's study of African, Egyptian and Oceanic Culture.
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