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Quite often an artist’s influences are mentioned in critical evaluations of one’s work, but rarely ever does an artist make his influences as evident and overt as the Italian Jewish painter Amedeo Modigliani does in his body of work. Heavily influenced by Cycladic and West African art, the impact of the latter is made abundantly clear in Modigliani’s sculptures, which reference the African masks directly, while the former transpires through much of Modigliani’s painting, but most so in the series of Cariatyd paintings produced between 1911 and 1913.
A Caryatid is nothing more than a Classical Greek architectural feature that functioned as a false ornamental column in temples and treasuries. They were often made in the form of women, who appeared to be holding the structure up with their arms or balancing it on their heads. According to the Roman architect Vitruvius, the caryatids were supposed to represent the women of Karyae, a town near Sparta, in the South of Greece, who would have been punished with slavery for betraying their countryfolk during the Greco-Persian Wars. Some of the earliest caryatids found are the ones who decorate the treasuries of Delphi, and the most famous ones adorn the Erechteion in Athens. There was also a male version of the caryatid, in that it is a column sculpted to look like a man, in this case, which is called atlas, in homage to the legend of the man who held the heavens on his back.
During a period of his career, Modigliani appears to have been almost obsessed with the idea of caryatids, painting a significant number of them on cheaper material, as if studying forms and combinations to apply on future work. Because of the high quantity of pieces and low quality of the material - this specific painting was produced with oil on paper - not much is known about particular works, which rarely received any title beyond the simple caryatid descriptor, with the complete ones being given numbers, such as this one.
One exciting aspect of this caryatid is that here Modigliani does something scarce in his work, which is working with complementary colors, which by itself lends a whole new level of contrast to the piece. By doing that, even the simplified brush strokes employed seem to jump at the observer.
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