Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini
Caryatid – Art Work
This is a well known caryatid painting by Modigliani. In this painting,
the nude is kneeling on both legs and is keeping both her arms above the
The artist has used fluid curving lines which gave the forms their bearing
and shape. In its muted coloring, the caryatid painting has an affinity
towards Cubism. The figure appears like a dancer and reminds and reminds
the viewer of the mythological origin of caryatids, who had participated
in the famous cult of Artemis of Kauai. Modigliani’s painted caryatid
does not bear any material load and hence does not require a sturdy base.
The nude’s raised arms and bowed head merely support the upper edge
of the picture. In her austere grace, she is completely distanced from
the real world. This work is a painting as well as a sculpture. The voluminous
quality of the figure’s body illustrates the influence of Modigliani’s
sculptural skills in his paintings.
Though Modigliani a large number of drawings and studies of caryatids,
he had painted only a few. The motif in this painting is not the act of
bearing a load, but the rhythm of parts of the female body. The artist
is concerned with clear volumes and their rhythmic relationship to each
other. Modigliani has depicted the caryatid entirely abstractly as a totally
static figure. The painting reveals that the artist was interested only
in depicting the formal pictorial qualities of the female nude.
Modigliani’s static frontal depiction of the caryatid is reminiscent
of the Kore figures of the Archaic Greek period.
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