The Sculptor Jacques Lipchitz
Painting by Amedo Modigalini
Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini
-The Sculptor Jacques Lipchitz
This is one of the only two double portraits ever painted by Modigliani.
Depiction of sculptor Jacques Lipchitz and his wife Berthe is both a complex
and fascinating work and an ironic commentary on the personal lives and
professional careers of the two immigrant artists.
In this portrait, the Lithuanian born sculptor and his bride Berthe,
a Russian poetess are portrayed by Modigliani in their flat at 54, rue
du Montparnasse, the former residence of the sculptor, Constantin Brancusi.
The portrait has been drawn against Modigliani’s characteristic
back drop of interior architectural form. Lipchitz is smartly dressed
and standing casually with one hand on his wife’s shoulder and the
other thrust into his pants pocket.
Lipchitz is given a standard stylized nose out of stores, but his supplementary
details include asymmetric hair, solid as a wig, an incipient prickle
of sparse mustache like a shaven armpit and an incipient double chin,
whose fold is mirrored in his polo neck.
The artist has assigned a haughty expression for Lipchitz. The sculptor
has been depicted with large ears, small pursed lips, narrow squinting
eyes and a wickedly twisted nose.
Berthe has been depicted with an endearing likeness. The gentle eloquent
lines of her face emerge gracefully from her husband’s coat. She
is characterized by a harmonious wave of contrasting curves, one echoing
and balancing the other. She radiates a kind of sensuality with her large
downturned eyes, elegantly elongated nose, fleshy lips and long graceful
The contrast between Modigliani’s depiction and characterization
of man and woman is quite obvious in this portrait.
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