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Standing Nude Painting by Amedo Modigalini

Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini -Standing Nude Standing Nude. 1911/12. Oil on cardboard, on panel. 82.8 x 47.9 cm. The Nagoya City Art Museum. Nagoya, Japan

Standing Nude

Modigliani’s nude portraits are very popular. In 1916, he started work on his series of nudes. Out of more than thirty of his nude paintings, the “Standing Nude” is an outstanding creation.

Modigliani’s paintings were preceded by preliminary studies on paper and this is an example of his preliminary studies.

A characteristic of these pictures is the starkness of the setting; the surface on which the model is standing and the background against which the model is posing are sketchily suggested. The nude is depicted in a naturalistic style with warm colors. The body occupies most of the space without any distraction. The sensuous contours of the model’s body are clearly defined by curvy lines. The artist had depicted the woman clearly as a sex object on display. The model is posing in such a manner that the viewer will feel that she is provocatively offering herself to the viewer.

Modigliani’s nudes paintings are best known for their elegance, characteristic elongated necks, almond shaped eyes, calm facial expression, restrained color and energetic grace. The artist had impaired an emotional effect to the picture by applying the technique of distortion, which is the act of deceiving the eyes by twisting something out of its original shape.

Modigliani never used the women with whom he had a lasting relationship to model for him when he painted nudes. Instead he used housemaids, waitresses and professional models

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