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Madame Pompadour

Amedeo Modigliani

Madame Pompadour

Amedeo Modigliani
  • Date: 1914; Paris, France  
  • Style: Expressionism
  • Genre: portrait
  • Media: oil, canvas
  • Tag: famous-people, female-portraits, Beatrice-Hastings
  • Dimensions: 60.6 x 49.5 cm
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This is one of the most famous portraits created by Modigliani. The painting is of a woman named Beatrice Hastings, who had a love affair with the artist for over two years, and sat for many of his paintings. This portrait illustrates the artist’s style of turning the face into a mask-like image, and the elongation of the form of the body, in this case an exaggeratedly long and thin neck. The subject is also perhaps a bit of a social critique, as the pompadour is also in his stylized, exaggerated form of simple lines, using a traditional image to steer away from the traditional style of painting.

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