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As is necessary for any stereotypical starving artist, the Italian Expressionist Amedeo Modigliani surrounded himself with some would-be patrons, eventual benefactors, and inspiring people. It was not so much a group that gravitated around Modigliani himself, but rather around his chief patron, the Polish dealer Léopold Zborowski, around whom a whole camarilla formed, as is common with such people. It was through that cadre, composed mostly of artists, that Modigliani would meet his life partner, Jeanne Hébuterne, as well as a woman who, although married, attracted Modigliani’s attention, which in his case generally turned into something akin to an obsession.
That woman would be Lunia Czechovska, whose beauty enthralled Modigliani, to such an extent that he would paint her as many as fourteen times throughout his short and tragic career, and even live with her for a period when her husband was called to fight in the First World War. Although she would say that she loved the way in which Modigliani portrayed her, making her feel beautiful, she also repeatedly voiced her concern at the artist’s behavior and work routine, which included mostly feverishly painting under the heavy influence of brandy and hashish. Regardless, she is quoted as saying that she felt that the artist turned her into something completely different, looking straight into her soul.
This oil on canvas iteration of their relationship, which is said to have also included Jeanne Hébuterne, who Lunia was also quite close, was painted in 1919 and is currently in possession of the private Fujikawa Gallery in Osaka, Japan. In it, Modigliani portrays the object of his affection from the shoulders up, her slight features rendered in a warm tint of yellow, making her look almost like a gold statue. The composition is very similar to Egyptian Art and has been compared to a famous bust of Queen Nefertiti, with its extremely elongated neck and sharp facial features.
The sloping neck serves to emphasize the shape of the neck, as does her bright red hair, which is stuck in a bun high on her head. The painting does indeed have an almost sculptural quality to it as if it was a preliminary study for a sculpture that the artist decided to fully realize as a painting.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Portrait Of Lunia Czechovska, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Portrait Of Lunia Czechovska 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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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 plastic 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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