Portrait of a Girl Painting
by Amedo Modigalini
Portrait of a Girl (Victoria)
This is a monumental portrait painted by Modigliani in the year 1917. Modigliani was influenced by 13th century Italian sculpture and painting, African carvings and Cambodian sculpture. The artist has derived this portrait out of all these primitive arts. This portrait is the first example of Modigliani’s self developed distinctive style of portraiture. The swan-like neck and stylized features illustrate Modigliani’s personal vision of beauty.
The key element of Modigliani’s own style is his facial construction. That is one of the most innovative aspects of modern art. The portrait is as subtle and descriptive as a figurative portrait. Also it is as expressive as in abstract art.
Modigliani was rather a portraitist than anything else and the way he drew and painted human face made his portraits unique. Modigliani introduced subtlety to abstract portraiture.
Despite the extreme economy of composition and neutral background, the portrait conveys a sharp sense of the sitter’s personality. The artist went on to develop a sophisticated, graceful style of decorative arabesques and simplified forms.
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