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Although it is fair to say that Amedeo Modigliani’s art was, like every other artist, a melange of influences, brought together by the artist’s brilliance, it is not too much to say that, in a way, the distinctive way in which that mixture is made is somewhat particular to the Italian Expressionist.
In this 1917 portrait of an unknown model, Modigliani created a composite of influences, some already usual for his style, like that of the West African masks that influenced not only him but many of his peers, and some that, although easily accessible to the artist, would just rarely be outright referred to, even if knowing that such influence existed in one painting enables the observer to find glimpses of it in the rest of Modigliani’s body of work.
On the subject of the West African masks, theirs is most likely the most influential and most pervasive influence on Modigliani’s work. To wit, some of the characteristics of the masks that inspired the Italian artist would become those for which his work is most widely recognized. The elongated faces with elongated noses mimic the linear forms firmly found not only on the masks but on West African sculpture as a whole, which is reflected here not only on the face but on the body as a whole, which is deformed to the extent that we can still register it as human. Indeed, one could even posit that for much of career Modigliani, not unlike his friend Pablo Picasso, looked to stretch that limit, to see how far he could go in his aesthetic deformation of the human body while still maintaining it recognizable not only as a human shape but as an aesthetically pleasing one.
In conjunction with that, and specifically for this work, which is now in possession of private collectors, Modigliani would have explained to Leopold Survage that he had taken inspiration here from Greek and Egyptian sculpture, like those of pharaohs and gods, in which the eyes of the characters were made, as far as he understood it, empty, which in his opinion led to a very introspective gaze, inviting the observer to fill that blank spot in the art with their feelings and experiences. Little did he know that the eyes in those sculptures had initially been painted in but the action of time had washed the paint away
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