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Modigliani’s gracefully distorted luxuriant nudes are his monumental masterpieces. The “Seated Nude” painting is illustrative of his fascination with African masks and sculpture. The almond eyes, twisted features and elongated forms are characteristics of his paintings. The influence of Toulose-Lautrec, Picasso and Cezanne is obvious in Modigliani’s curved lines, planes and spare composition. This painting is a striking, idealized representation of feminine sexuality.
Modigliani’s nude painting is closer to reality. The picturisation is dictated by the model who was the sitter for the depiction. The painting shows an intensity and intimacy that cannot be found in the non nude portraits by the artist. In such nude paintings, Modigliani has adopted a symbolist style. Despite his lack of material success, Modigliani’s importance in the history of art is due to his unique and instantly recognizable expressionist style which has influenced a wide variety of artists in numerous movements. Modigliani is the greatest of all expressionist painters from Italy.
The large nude depicted in this painting is particularly erotic and the figure is outlined typically describing an elongated torso sensuously modeled with gradations of flesh tones.
Modigliani never used the women with whom he had a lasting relationship as models for his nude paintings. He preferred using housemaids or waitresses and professional models.
His models were of two different groups. The model in this painting belongs to the group of dark-haired women, with full breasts and wide hips, Mediterranean appearance, which scholars identify as the “Venus-naturalis” male ideal of love.
The background is sketchily suggested. Color is warm and the nude is painted in a naturalistic style. The truncated body occupies most of the canvas space. The artist has depicted woman as a sex object on display.
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