Portrait of the Art Dealer
Paul Guillaume Painting by Amedo Modigalini
Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini
Portrait of the Art Dealer Paul Guillaume
Portrait of Paul Guillaume
Paul Guillaume was an ambitious young art dealer. He took interest in
the works of Modigliani, especially his sculpture. At Montparnasse in
Paris, Paul Guillaume introduced Modigliani to the sculptor Constantin
Modigliani depicted the art dealer and collector of African art Paul
Guillaume through one of his most ambitious portraits. This work was characterized
with the integration of Modigliani’s works into portraiture.
The artist has assured the identity of the sitter in this portrait by
linguistic way as well as iconic. Dressed in typical bourgeois day garb
- dark suit, white collar, knotted tie and black hat – the figure
occupies the center of the canvas. His head is tilted slightly to one
side. Somewhat top heavy, Guillaume’s slightly enlarged head, with
its square jaw line and spread out face sits rather heavily on his slender
body and sloping shoulders while his features are crowded into his face.
A large expanse of painted flesh is vivid on either side of his narrow
Modigliani has included in the canvas, other than his own signature,
name of the subject in faltering capitals. The shaky handwriting of the
artist serves as an index of his own presence.
Modigliani was at his most self critical at the time of painting this
portrait. The power of his portraits lies in their capacity to render
the tension between the generic and the specific.
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