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Marie Daughter of the People. The painting by Amedeo Modigliani
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Marie Daughter of the People

The Jewish Italian modern artist Amedeo Modigliani always had as his primary interest the portrayal of the human body. That interest often took the form of either nude paintings of hired models or portraits of those closest to him, such as his life partner or his art dealer. Towards the end of his life, a third subject matter became more prevalent, as Modigliani took to painting anonymous people who surrounded his day to day life, which meant focusing mostly on bohemians, musicians and other upcoming artists. Rare among those, and for that reason more noteworthy, are portraits of children, of which there are but a handful.

Of those few, only this piece, finished in 1918, bears the name of its model. The oil on canvas is now in possession of the Kunstmuseum Basel, in Switzerland, and its subtitle leads us to think that the girl must’ve been from a simple family, which reveals a little about Modigliani’s relations during his time in Southern France, which he was forced to do not only because of the First World War but also to care for his failing health, hoping that the change of airs would improve his tubercular meningitis. Sadly that was not the case, and Modigliani would die soon after.

Despite her informed humble background, the girl is well dressed, and there is a certain vanity to her. Modigliani portrays her with quiet dignity and an expression that mixes curiosity and slight boredom, as a child would be if asked to pose for a portrait painter. She seems to have taken special care with her appearance, wearing a lovely white ribbon on her hair and appearing to be even wearing some makeup.

One fascinating aspect of the painting is that the girl is wearing a scarf. That is of interest because the elongated necks are one of the most famous features of Modigliani’s portraits, yet here it is hidden. That raises the question of whether Modigliani’s elongated necks didn’t have an erotic aspect to it, which in turn would mean that, by covering the girl’s neck with a scarf, Modigliani would be making the picture of the girl more chaste. Of course, that is only a speculation, but one that would bear some internal logic, considering features of the artist’s body of work.

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Marie Daughter of the People Amedeo Modigliani

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