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Young Peasant. The painting by Amedeo Modigliani
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Young Peasant

As brilliant and unique as the Jewish Italian Amedeo Modigliani was, it is no secret that he held many of his contemporary peers in very high regard. Among them, two of the most influential on his work were possibly Cézanne and Gauguin, and their influence, along with Modigliani’s inspiration taken from Cycladic and West African art, is made abundantly clear in this rather interesting painting, produced in the later years of the artist’s tragically short career.

On his last years, having contracted a particularly ravenous case of tubercular meningitis, Modigliani, his common-law wife Jeanne Hébuterne and their child, Jeanne Modigliani moved from Paris to the Midi region of France at the behest and funding of Léopold Zborowski, Modigliani’s art dealer and customary patron. During that time, the Polish poet asked Modigliani to remain in his payroll as a painter, a relationship which produced some paintings of the ordinary people from the Midi region. Among those, most numerous are the portraits of red-headed young men, although there is no certainty on whether Modigliani painted many similar people or just the same boy on different occasions.

In this oil on canvas, finished in circa the end of 1918 and now in possession of the Musée de l’Orangerie, in Paris, Modigliani portrays a young red-headed boy, who he informs was to be a peasant, sitting pensively with his arm on the table holding up his head. The pose is very similar to another painting produced around the same time, titled The Boy, and both of them are very similar to Cézanne’s The Smoker, which is in possession of the Pushkin Museum, in Moscow. In all three of them, the models bear a similar expression, and the composition is quite similar, leading one to wonder about whether it was a simple convergence of great minds or an outright borrowing.

Regardless, in his piece, Modigliani maintains his staple style, with the deformation of body features informed by Cycladic and West African art, where the faces are elongated, the noses simplified into long thin shapes, and the eyes painted as empty pools of a greyish hue of blue. Further, here we can see a certain influence of Gauguin as well in the solid fields of color that compose the shape of the boy, and a slight cubist influence in the simplification of the background’s perspective.

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