Woman with Read Hair Painting
by Amedo Modigalini
Woman with Red Hair
Modigliani’s flat, languid and reclining women portraits are well known. These elongated portraits created an elegant look that is yet to be matched in portraiture.
‘Woman with Red Hair’ is a popular portrait by Modigliani. In this work Modigliani’s style is easily recognizable as it is characterized by the flat empty eyed face. His passion for primitive sculpture, tribal masks and African art is quite evident in this painting. The style is beautiful and elegant. The composition is relatively simple and painted in warm tones.
Punctuality of line is Modigliani’s hallmark. The classical chiaroscuro of his native Italy is present in this portrait. This subjective and expressive art work by Modigliani reveals his basic dignity, despair and a feeling of haunting melancholy.
The long, slender and oval head, sloping shoulders and extremely subtle coloration are all characteristics of Modigliani’s art.
The woman is depicted as sitting sidewise on a wooden chair with her left hand resting on the frame of the chair. The viewer will feel a coquettish flick of the hand. She is blandly dressed in a black costume with white frills at the neck portion. The head is tilted and the fiery red hair is uncombed. The swan neck, almond eyes, twisted nose and pursed lips are characteristics of Modigliani’s paintings.
Modigliani’s portrait was not about capturing the exact likeness
of the subject. He conveys a story of character of his sitter. Modigliani’s
subjects were more of the real people.
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