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Not only was Amedeo Modigliani an incredibly passionate portrait artist, but he is said to have been quite literally in love with his most portrayed subject matters, namely his life partner Jeanne Hébuterne and his purported paramour and close friend Lunia Czechowska. Both of them were painted often and almost experimentally by the Italian artist, given that quite a few of the innovations in his style can be first noticed in portraits of either of the two women, only later seeping into his other artwork.
Thus, considering the relevance of those portraits to Modigliani’s broader body of work, it would be easy to understand the importance of this specific portrait of Hébuterne. It is part of a sequence of paintings, which one might even call studies, in which the artist portrays the love of his life in the same position but using different techniques and aesthetic approaches. To wit, this sequence began precisely in the very first portrait Modigliani painted of Hébuterne, in 1917, and extended throughout that same year, culminating on this oil on canvas, painted sometime near the end of that year, which is now in the hands of private collectors. Such is the importance of that sequence that the first painting in it, and by consequence, the first painting Modigliani ever produced of Hébuterne, was sold in 2010 at Sotheby’s for the hefty sum of almost fourteen million US dollars.
The sequence portrays Hébuterne with her hair tied up in a sensible bun, wearing a dress with a tied cleavage and a pearl necklace. Those features, as well as her silhouette, are maintained throughout the sequence, while many essential details are repeatedly altered. The very technique used varies widely, as the first portrait is painted with a lot of impastos, with heavy dollops of paint, while in this last portrait the brushwork is much more delicate. The color schemes also differ significantly, except in the painting’s most central aspect, Hébuterne’s eyes, which are of an equally deep blue, as if Modigliani had found the perfect shade and maintained it stable where the whole color scheme changed around it and, quite likely, in order to flaunt his new love’s most distinguishing feature. It is interesting, then, to notice how the sequence of portraits is reflected later on Modigliani’s other works, from the development of his brushwork to the changes in his color schemes.
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