Although he was afflicted by tuberculosis, drug addiction and alcoholism, Amedeo Modilgliani’s (1884 – 1920) figures appear undisturbed by such cares.
Their elongated faces and almond eyes indicate Modigliani’s interest in African masks, at the same time appearing graceful and composed.
Nonetheless, his models are far from being emotionless. Arching eyebrows, tilting heads and twisting necks add a unique irregularity to every Modigliani painting. This brings his models to life, enabling the viewer to imagine them as thinking and feeling beings.
“What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious, the mystery of the instinctive in the human race .” – Modigliani.
(Portrait of a Polish Woman, 1919)