Madam Pompadour Painting
by Amedo Modigalini
Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini
Modigliani was a very handsome man and attracted much female attention.
Women came and went until Beatrice Hastings entered his life. She stayed
with him for two years and was the subject of several portraits including
this well known painting –“Madam Pompadour.”
Occasionally Modigliani painted portrait sketches gently satirizing social
pretention that he observed in people around him. The subject is posed
in front of a stone wall and the name is written in graffiti style.
Facial volume has been indicated by white highlights that contrast with
the frontal planes of her cheeks. A subtle touch of the contour line tracing
the left side of the face trends away under the chin. The demarcation
between jaw and neck on the right side is suggested by a brief area of
chiaroscuro. The faint line down the middle of nose is continued again
from upper tip to chin emphasizing the pursed mouth.
The influence of cubist art is obvious not only in the collage effect,
but also in the way both sides of the face are revealed simultaneously,
despite the fact that the head is slightly turned. The nose too is given
both in profile and frontally.
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