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The Italian Expressionist and starving artist Amedeo Modigliani were famous for having two distinct types of relationship with his models, depending on whether he would portray them clothed or otherwise. Modigliani is said to have had very superficial relationships with his nude models, and little is known about whether that relationship would develop into something sexual or not. With his fully, clothed models, on the other hand, Modigliani often developed extremely close ties, especially with two women who were very important in his life: the French Jéanne Hébuterne, his life partner and mother of his child, and Lunia Czechowska, a Polish married woman who was, together with her husband, a close friend of Modigliani’s principal patron, the Polish poet Léopold Zborowski, who introduced both women to the artist.
A significant number of Modigliani’s portraits have either Jéanne or Lunia as their subject matter, both always fully clothed. In this 1919 oil on canvas, painted less than a year before the artist’s demise and thus produced at the height of his suffering from the disease that would eventually kill him, Lunia appears posed gracefully, sitting down with one of her hands resting on her lap, while the other gently holds a fan. Up until recently, the painting was in possession of the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris but has moved, since 2010, into private hands.
If we compare it to other depictions of Lunia, who Modigliani would reportedly attempt to seduce until the end of his short, tragic life, she is portrayed here with her features considerably more deformed by the artist’s aesthetic style, which itself derives from three main influences: the West African masks and sculptures, with their long lines and stylized humanity; the Egyptian art, with its strong outlines and color schemes; and, of course, of the depictive humanism of the Renaissance. In that which concerns the latter, the artist was not so much looking to create perfect representations of natural reality, nor was he interested in shocking or outraging people, but instead his primary objective was to portray the world as he saw it, its features exaggerated as he felt them. That way, taking into account the artist’s condition at the time of the creation, it is not wholly incomprehensible that he would portray his benefactor and love interest in a somehow colder, more distant way.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Madame Lunia Czechowska with a Fan, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Madame Lunia Czechowska with a Fan that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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