Portrait of Elena Pavlowski.
Painting by Amedo Modigalini
Portrait of Elena Pavlowski
Amedeo Modigliani was always concerned with graceful, simplified and sympathetic portrayal of human figure.
The beautiful and elegant portrait of Elena Pavlowski was painted in the year 1917 and it is one of the most famed portraits painted by Modigliani.
Modigliani took up residence in the Montparnasse section of Paris around 1909. There he established friendship with other artists like Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera. They inspired Modigliani to paint their portraits. Modigliani was quite skilled at portraiture and painted numerous portraits of people including his fellow artists, friends, patrons, lovers, pretty girls selling vegetables and whoever happened to catch his eye.
The human figure was the overwhelming subject of Modigliani’s art. He wanted his portraits as eternal as a statue. The subject is placed on a painterly plinth and gazed at adoringly. The art of Botticelli, Correggio and Giorgione seeped into him and marinated him with its gentle flavors. Waldemar Januczak said, “ His women might all look alike, but lean a little closer and his passion shines out.”
Modigliani was utterly fascinated with the simplicity of African masks and art and kept it all in mind when he painted portraits. Also his paintings were influenced by what he learnt through sculpture.
Modigliani’s portraits are dominated by his sense of linear design.
He used line exclusively to suggest body and form, with skill and sensitivity.
The portrait demonstrates the unique style of the artist
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