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Famous for his many beautiful portraits, the Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani had three subject matters that were dearer to him: paintings of the people who were close to him, such as his life partner Jeanne Hébuterne and his attempted paramour Lunia Czechowska; nudes of hired models, his most scandalous and famous work in his time; and, especially towards the end of his short life, portraits of anonymous people he met on his daily life in the South of France. The latter included people from all walks of life but focused mostly on simple unknown people, rarely named, most commonly only described in the piece’s title.
This oil on canvas from 1918, close to the end of Modigliani’s career and life, possibly lies somewhere in between two categories of his work. On the one hand, the title on the back merely reads Woman, thus placing it firmly in the latter type of portraits of unknown people. On the other side, it is incredibly similar to another portrait painted earlier in the same year where the artist identifies the model as Dédie and is dedicated to Odette Hayden, the likely model. To further complicate the question, it is not known who Dédie, or Odette, for that matter, was, making her, to an extent, equally anonymous to the contemporary observer.
There are differences between the two paintings, of course. The composition in Dédie’s portrait is more open, showing the model almost down to her waist, while in this later portrait the model is more closely framed, revealing only down to her chest. There are slight differences in the hair and the shape of the face as well, so that, while the compositions are very similar, we can differentiate them clearly when looking in detail. What could be questioned, then, is whether Modigliani wasn’t producing an improvement of previous work, using the earlier portrait as a reference and using his imagination to alter those details which did not please him on the first attempt.
Containing many of Modigliani’s characteristic style features, such as the elongated shapes, the empty eyes and the model’s clothes matching the tone of the background, the portrait can be enjoyed in the New Orleans Museum of Art. Another portrait of Dédie can also be found at the Centre Pompidou, in Paris.
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