Painting by Amedo
Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini
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
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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