Nude with Necklace Painting
by Amedo Modigalini
Nude with Necklace
The more than two dozens of female nudes painted between 1916 and 1919 are the most powerful compositions of Modigliani. They are depicted in either sitting ort reclining pose. This painting is of a ‘Nude with Necklace’ and she is in sleeping pose. The artist’s grace and sensuality of line, fluid elongation and abstraction of form are juxtaposed with realistic details that emphasize the eroticism of his subject. The figure is displayed boldly without narrative or historical context.
The painting renounces western tradition of representing the female nude. The languorously outstretched figure is presented boldly with only the barest suggestion of a setting; a cushion, an expanse of cloth. The figure herself is open and straightforward rather than coy or provocative.
The uniformly dense rough application of paint is far removed from the sensual and tactic re-creation of flesh that characterizes traditional depiction of female nude. Exchange with the viewer is prevented by the closed eye lids.
The impact of the painting is based on the artist’s fine balance of the erotic and aesthetic; the figure is voluptuous, but not indecent, sensual and individual, but also generalized. The pure aesthetic contemplation of the simple, flowing abstraction of form is interrupted however, by jarringly specific reminders of the real that insistently reiterate the erotic sensuality of the figure.
Modigliani’s masterpiece, “Nude with Necklace” is hanging now at the Guggenheim in New York and is being viewed by art lovers of modern days.
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