Beatris Hastings Painting
by Amedo Modigalini
Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini
Portrait of Beatrice Hastings 1915.
‘Beatrice Hastings’ was the pen name of English writer, poetess
and critic, Emily Alice Haigh.
Born in London and raised in South Africa, just before World War I she
moved to Paris and became a member in the Bohemian circles through her
friendship with Max Jacob. She shared an apartment with Modigliani in
Montparnasse and posed for him.
Modigliani painted this portrait of Beatrice Hastings in the year 1915.
The subject is depicted as study beside a door.
Modigliani was an extremely handsome man and he greatly attracted females.
Women came and went until Beatrice Hastings entered his life. She stayed
with him for almost two years and was the subject of several of his portraits.
Modigliani painted this portrait immediately after his exit from sculpture.
It is marked by a structuring applied to the face. It is simplified and
endowed with articulation and rhythm. Characteristics are the emphasis
on nose, the elongated neck, hateful eyes and pursed mouth. The facial
expression is characteristic and individual.
The portrait painted by Modigliani is stylized, formalized and devoid
of an analysis of the individual. The portrait is a unique combination
modernist principles, form and color, yet there are references to arts
from the past and from different cultures.
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