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Portrait of Madame Kisling Painting by Amedo Modigalini

Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalin Portrait of Madame Kisling

Portrait of Madame Kisling. c. 1917. Oil on canvas. 46.2 x 33.2 cm. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA

Portrait of Madame Kisling

Amedeo Modigliani developed his own unique style of portraiture. He painted numerous portraits of his fellow-artists and friends.

In 1906, Modigliani settled in Paris where he encountered the works of Toulose-Lautrec, Georges Rouault and Pablo Picasso and assimilated their influence. The influence of Cezanne’s painting is evident in Modigliani’s distortions of figures and free use of large flat areas of color. His personal idiom was distinguished by strong linear rhythms, simple elongated forms and verticality.

Modigliani’s interest in African masks and sculpture is evident in the treatment of his sitters face; flat and mask-like, almond eyes, twisted nose, pursed mouth and elongated neck.

As in this portrait of Madame Kisling as well as that of Moise Kisling, a sharp sense of the sitter’s personality is conveyed, despite the extreme economy of composition and neutral background.

This portrait depicts the wife of Modigliani’s fellow-artist, Moise Kisling. In this painting, the artist has utilized a large doze of realism. The expression of the face and the preciseness of definition of the eyes are entirely realistic. The expression on her face is melancholy, which is reflected in the glow of the face. The portrait leads the viewer into a blessed state of admiration. The work exudes non-temporality, simplicity and pureness of expression.

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