Portrait of a Polish Woman: Amedeo Modigliani

Whenever I see a painting by Modigliani, I’m reminded of the time I opened a bank account in France and was bizarrely given the DVD Modigliani as a welcome gift. It was a terrible film, but it did spark my interest in the artist.

Amedeo Modigliani (1884 – 1920) characteristically painted his sitters as elongated figures with almond-shaped eyes, a style which he adopted in response to his fascination with traditional African masks.

In this painting, the sitter appears thoughtful yet composed whilst her tilted head brings an element of her personality to life.

“What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious, the mystery of the instinctive in the human race .” – Modigliani.

Image via philamuseum.org

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