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Painting by Amedo Modigalini


Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini
Portrait of Paul Alexandre Against a Green Background. 1909. Oil on canvas. 100 x 81 cm

Portrait of Alexandre
Amedeo Modigliani arrived in Paris in February, 1906. There he rented a studio in Montmartre. Henri Doucet, a contemporary painter of Modigliani took him to a house in Rue de Delta and introduced Modigliani to Dr. Paul Alexandre, who had rented out that place for young artists. The young doctor Alexandre was fascinated by Modigliani’s paintings and extended all possible support to the Italian artist.

Alexandre bought the paintings of Modigliani and also he arranged portrait commissions for him. This friendship produced some of the best portraits by Modigliani during his stay in Montmartre.

This portrait of Alexandre was painted by Modigliani during that period. Thus Modigliani got his subject in the traditional way. On the wall, behind Dr. Alexandre, Modigliani’s painting “The Jewess” is seen. This enables the viewer to identify Alexandre as an art collector. An intelligent and elite person from the upper class has been depicted in a distinguished and self-confident pose. This is a classic portrayal by Modigliani. The lighter shading of the forehead and emphasis of the eyes can be traced out from the photograph of the doctor. The artist has succeeded in capturing the psyche of his subject. Modigliani shared this quality with Edward Munch.

Modigliani was known mainly for his portraits. When he arrived in Paris, he took the inspiration from the works of Cezanne, Toulose-Lautrec and Picasso.

Paul Alexandre, who was from an upper class family of Paris, was very much in a position to provide Modigliani with access to the Parisian high society. As an outcome of all these factors, Modigliani could become one of the most sought after portraitist. His talent for the concentrated portrayal of the characteristic traits of his subjects and his feeling for elegant forms and colors helped him through out his career

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