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Seated Nude Painting by Amedo Modigalini


Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini -Seated Nude Seated Nude. 1916. Oil on canvas. 92.4 x 59.8 cm. Courtauld Institute Galleries, London, UK

Seated Nude

Modigliani’s portraits as well as nude paintings are well known. But the intensity and intimacy that we find in his nude art is unique. Nude art is an integral part of Modigliani’s paintings. Modigliani’s nude art is very close to reality. The models of his nude art dictate the way he depicts them by their natural forms.

Among his various nude paintings, ‘Seated Nude’ is a deeply sensuous creation. The classically simple flat form, elongated proportions and delicate stylization – all these are due to the influences from African sculpture to Botticelli style. Modigliani’s nude painting form a bridge between the generation of Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art Dec painters of the 1920s.

A characteristic of this painting is the starkness of settings. The background against which the model is posing is sketchily suggested. The colors are warm and the nude is painted in a naturalistic style. The sensuous contours of the model’s body are clearly defined by curvy lines or arabesques which guide the eyes of the viewer around the hieratic form. As the truncated body occupies most of the canvas space, there is no room for distraction. The artist has clearly depicted woman as a sex object on display. The woman is posing provocatively, offering herself to the viewer.

Untitled Document

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