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Jeanne Hebuterne I. The painting by Amedeo Modigliani
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Jeanne Hebuterne I

The Jewish Italian Amedeo Modigliani throughout his career showed a strong preference for painting portraits of his friends and acquaintances, especially those closest to him, who would become the subject matter of much of his most exciting work. None would become more prevalent in Modigliani’s body of work than his common-law wife and mother of his children Jeanne Hébuterne. The two met in the summer of 1917 through the Russian sculptor Chana Orloff, a common acquaintance, and quickly became enamored of each other, leading to a tragic romance that would end in Modigliani’s death from tubercular meningitis, followed soon after by a pregnant Hébuterne’s suicide.

This oil on canvas, painted in 1919, was the final installment of a long series of paintings of Jeanne. Sold in 2004 at Sotheby’s of New York for the tidy sum of over thirty-two million dollars, the art has both the tetric weight of having been the last painting of someone who suffered a tragic death and the awe-inspiring aspect of being the apex of a whole process of love where Modigliani strived to portray the beauty of his beloved as he saw it.

It could also be said that this piece, also known as Jeanne Hebuterne Devant une Porte, represents the culmination of Modigliani’s style and aesthetic. It is a melange of historical and contemporary influences, put together by the artist’s personal touch and artistic sensibilities. On the one side, there is a well-developed simplification of the female form, a feature that Modigliani had worked his throughout his entire career, as well as a certain deformation of the form, which in turn is heavily influenced by West African and Cycladic art. On the other hand, Modigliani was not alienated from the art developments that surrounded him, quite the opposite, and as such a strong Cubist influence can be noticed on how he works with his deconstructed backgrounds.

Tying together the host of influences that can be recognized in Modigliani’s work are his aesthetic sensibilities, which guide his color palettes, which add an emotional dimension to his work, so that his relationship with his sitters shows through, in this case, the deliberately subdued color combination, almost as if the artist wanted the observer of the painting to feel the same way when looking at his beloved as he did.

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