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Portrait of Beatrice Painting by Amedo Modigalini


Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini-Portrait of Beatrice Hastings

Portrait of Beatrice Hastings. 1915. Oil on canvas. 55 x 46 cm. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

Portrait of Beatrice

Modigliani adopted the ‘Expressionist’ style of painting, in which the depiction of emotion was primary. In this ‘Portrait of Beatrice’, the emotion is blended with twisted reality for a distinct expression.

Modigliani was a handsome and attractive man, who lured women easily. He met the eccentric English poet Beatrice Hastings in 1914 and she became his mistress.

Beatrice was a pompous and haughty woman. She was the model of many of Modigliani’s paintings, which eventually resulted in a famous series of fourteen portraits entitled “Madam Pompadour – Portraits of Beatrice Hastings.”

Beatrice was a very proud writer, literary critic and also was a vocal feminist. Due to her haughtiness, Modigliani nicknamed her Madam Pompadour and created her portraits. The portraits are famous for their ability to portray the close relationship between Beatrice and the artist.

Modigliani always gave importance to the facial feature of the subject. The portrait is sharp and projected in this manner as the artist adopted the style of Cubism.

Modigliani has depicted her as an aristocratic ‘English Madame’. The portrait, through its title subtlety, depicted the relationship between King Louis V and his mistress, which ironically manifested Modigliani’s relationship with Beatrice Hastings.


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