The Jewess Painting by Amedo Modigalini
Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini
‘The Jewess’ is one of the most popular portraits by Amedeo Modigliani. This portrait was exhibited in the ‘Salon de Independents’ in the year 1908. The muted palette of this portrait contrasted the explosive colors of Fauve painting. Throughout his career, Modigliani was involved in developing his own style. His tentative searching among the various movements of avant-garde is echoing in this portrait. The severe-looking and statue like figure betrays the influence of the linear style of Toulose-Lautrec. The influence of Picasso’s emaciated figures of the Blue Period is also felt. The most interesting aspect of this painting is that though it is a strictly measured picture, it is made out of loose brush work. Through this portrait, the artist has succeeded to convey a mood rather than a free use of planes and colors. Modigliani’s interest in the psychology of his subject is well demonstrated by skepticism, restraint and the sitter’s challenging gaze.
A few parts of the picture are depicted by painterly treatment of the
surface, such as the field of color in the lower right hand corner to
which no concrete object can be assigned. Modigliani has followed the
definition given by Maurice Denis according to which a picture is essentially
a flat surface covered with colors arranged in a specific pattern, irrespective
of whether it depicts a battle charger, a nude or a story.
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