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Madam Pompadour Painting by Amedo Modigalini


Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini -Madam Pompadour
Madam Pompadour (Portrait of Beatrice Hastings). 1915. Oil on canvas. 61 x 50.4 cm. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

Madam Pompadour

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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