Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920) was born in Livorno, Italy, to Jewish parents. At age fourteen he began to study painting, and early in 1906 he left Italy for Paris, where he associated with many expatriate artists, including Chaim Soutine, Jacques Lipchitz, and Moïse Kisling.
Renowned for his portraits and nudes painted between 1915 and 1919, Modigliani typically depicted his subjects with flat, elongated faces and necks and vacant, almond-shaped eyes. His distinctive style had many influences, including African masks and sculpture, and his graceful and delicate figures have been compared to those of the Italian Renaissance.
During his short but prolific career, Modigliani painted portraits of many of the artists he encountered in Paris, including Soutine, Picasso, and Diego Rivera. In 1917 he met Jeanne Hébuterne, who became his companion and model. In 1920, at thirty-five, Modigliani died of tuberculosis.
The four stunning portraits presented here are from the collection of the Barnes Foundation, established by Dr. Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts.”
Contains five each of the following notecards:
Béatrice (Portrait de Béatrice Hastings), 1916
Girl with a Polka-Dot Blouse (Jeune fille au corsage à pois), 1919
Portrait of Jeanne Hébuterne (Portrait de Jeanne Hébuterne), 1918
The Pretty Housewife (La Jolie ménagère), 1915