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Ever the accomplished portrait artist, the Italian Amedeo Modigliani continuously developed his style and aesthetics, slowly departing from a more academic form to the Modernist trendsetter that he would become immortalized as in the art world. That is not to say that such development was linear, or could be easily perceived in the artist’s body of work. Instead, it was a tortuous process, where different features developed in very different ways, at very different rates, and, most importantly, present in various combinations in each painting. As such, while there are some defining features of Modigliani’s work, it is not at all uncommon to find pieces that seem to be lacking one or two of them in some way.
Take this beautiful oil on canvas, for example, painted in 1918 and now in possession of the Barnes Collection, in Philadelphia. Portraying a now unknown woman with bright red hair, it bears some of the most critical features that define Modigliani’s late work, but there are a few innovations that are not common to the rest of his work, as well as some returns to stylistic choices that would not usually appear in those later years of his career. To understand that, it is important to note that Modigliani’s style often respected its subject matter, meaning that, while recognizable as works by the same artist, there are marked differences in technique between his portraits and his paintings of nudes, for example. The portraits lack the eroticism and enticement present in the nude paintings, while the nudes do not possess the emotional depth that the portraits bring up.
In this piece, we have a middle ground between the nude and portrait styles, in that the composition approaches that of the nudes, but from the subject matter of a portrait. As such, we have a portrait with a wider angle and a more seductive approach. The brushwork is much more delicate than what Modigliani would usually use for portraits, and the thick round brush used for the model’s skin creates an almost tactile visual experience, inviting the observer to feel the touch of her flesh. The way in which she is dressed too reinforces the eroticism, in that bold new fashion would mean a more liberal mindset, indicating a liberated woman, not shackled by the behavioral standards of 19th century French society.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Young Redhead in an Evening Dress, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Young Redhead in an Evening Dress that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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