Caryatid Painting by
Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini
Caryatid – Painting
Modigliani developed the components of his personal pictorial language
– reduction, linearity and abstraction – through his sculpture.
One can identify these characteristics in the caryatids drawings of Modigliani.
He used this motif from Antiquity and developed his linear style whereby
the softly curving contours and two dimensional pictures became his trademark.
Modigliani used fluid curving lines, which gave the forms their bearing
and shape. In their muted coloring, his caryatid pictures had an affinity
In this “Caryatid – Painting” of 1912, the artist has
used only brown and dark-grey tones. The sketch-like elements of this
picture are coupled with a few precise lines out of which the female figure
develops resulting in a successful contrast between static and dynamic,
between open and closed.
The figure reminds the observer, of the mythological origin of caryatids.
Modigliani’s caryatid does not bear a material load and hence need
not be supported by a sturdy base. Her raised arms and bowed head merely
support the upper edge of the picture and the way the figure is seated
appears unstable. The figure has something intangible about her.
In her austere grace she is completely distanced from the real world and
is at one and the same time a painting and a sculpture, a stone goddess
of the beauty of painting
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