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The somewhat failed career of Amedeo Modigliani, who would only find posthumous success, consisted in significant part of two central subject matters: nudes of hired and, to all purposes, anonymous models; and sharp portraits of those close to him, especially of his life partner Jeanne Hébuterne and of his jaunted paramour Lunia Czechovska. Nonetheless, when his doctor informed the artist that he had contracted tubercular meningitis, the disease that would eventually claim his life at an early and untimely age, the information was accompanied by a stern warning for the artist to leave Paris for Nice, where he would spend his last living days, and thus leave behind much of the artistic scene and resources which had thus far fueled his genius.
Being distant from Paris and the resources he had grown accustomed to, Modigliani turned his hand to the painting of those who are believed to have been strangers, anonymous people that inhabited his vicinity and were forever documented on canvas by the Italian painter’s talent. Possibly one of the most admirable examples of those paintings of anonymous people is this oil on canvas, painted in 1919, in the last year of the artist’s life, and now part of the permanent collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where it has been since 1946, although Léopold Zborowsky originally acquired it, Modigliani’s patron and most adept follower.
Portrayed here is a boy whose identity is unknown, sitting placidly in a featureless room, resting his face on his hand, with which he leans on a table. The boy's face is long, a staple of the Western African and Cycladic influences of Modigliani’s style, as are, to some extent, most of his main features, like his nose, hands, and torso. The expression on the boy’s face is quite neutral, almost melancholic or maybe bored. His face looks like a mask of glumness, which is not at all strange in Modigliani’s body of work not because it portrays sadness, but because that was the result of the influences as mentioned earlier. That mood is reinforced by the boy’s eyes, which are filled in a deep blue color, lacking an iris or a pupil, giving him a featureless expression as if the person portrayed there is not a personality, but an empty shell for the observer to project a personality onto.
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