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Portrait of Pablo Picasso Painting by Amedo Modigalini


Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini-Portrait of Pablo PicassoPortrait of Pablo Picasso. 1915. Oil on cardboard. 34.5 x 26.5 cm. Private collection.

Portrait of Pablo Picasso

Modigliani originally saw himself as a sculptor rather than a painter. But by 1914, he abandoned sculpting and focused on his paintings. This was mainly due to difficulty in acquiring sculptural materials due to outbreak of war and also due to his ill-heath.

In 1909, he rented a studio in Montparnasse, in Paris. There ha painted a series of portraits of contemporary artists and friends like Chaim Soutine, Moise Kisling, Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, Juan Gris, Max Jacob, Blaise Cendrars and Jean Cocteau. All these artists sat for stylized renditions.

While in Paris, Modigliani was influenced by the works of Pablo Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, George Rouault and Paul Cezanne. These influences are clearly evident in Modigliani’s deliberate distortion of figures and the free use of large flat areas of color.

This portrait of Pablo Picasso painted by Modigliani represents Modigliani’s ambiguous tribute to Picasso’s savvy approaches towards art and life. The word SAVOIR can be read in Modigliani’s depiction of Picasso. The portrait captures the youthful force and power of Picasso at the time.

Modigliani had deep respect for Picasso as an artist. He adopted some aspects of Picasso’s cubism. The way Picasso depicted his artistic friends during his blue period remained the theme for Modigliani in his works. Modigliani’s portraits of his fellow-artists express the discontentment and boredom of a group of young bohemians. This portrait reveals Modigliani’s unique artistic temperament.

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