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Study for Portrait of Frank Painting by Amedo Modigalini


Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini -Study for Portrait of Frank Study for Portrait of Frank Haviland. 1914. Oil on cardboard. 61 x 50 cm. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Study of Portrait of Frank

Modigliani had his formal training in Florence and Venice, studying the 15th century painter, Botticelli. His unique linear style combined this influence with that of Italian sculptor, Constantin Brancusi. Modigliani began painting elongated portraits.

Modigliani who was known as a prolific painter carved a few stone sculptures. These abstracted elongated ‘Heads’ had a significant stylish impact on his portrait paintings. The “Woman’s Head”, a sculpture in lime-stone by Modigliani, which had its strong connection to African sculpture, was originally owned by Frank Burty Haviland, an American painter lived in France, whose African art collection was known to Modigliani. It is fitting that Modigliani painted this portrait of Frank Haviland.

The Franco American artist, Frank Haviland played a major part in the cubist pictorial advent and was present in the adventure experienced in Caret throughout 20th century. He instigated the coming of Picasso and Braque to Caret.

Frank Burty Haviland hailed from the Haviland family, manufacturers of the famous Limoges Porcelain. Frank was influenced by the cubist movement and painted several master pieces depicting Caret and Paris. Later he departed from the cubist movement in favor of a classical style, portraying the scenes around him.

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