Another influential painter who is a favorite of mine is Amedeo Modigliani. I have a print of the above painting in my home. His love of the female form is clear in his work. (The background story is that he would pay for a prostitute just to be able to paint a nude portrait of her. The above featured model was a lady of the evening. Apparently, these women often took pity on Amedeo and threw-in a fuck for free. It didn’t hurt that he was roguishly handsome and supremely talented.) The above work sold at auction for more than 170 million dollars! (Not the highest priced record-holder, but that’s up there.)
Modigliani is the artist who is famously known for elongating his model’s necks when painting everyday portraits. Notice how he’s subtly done that here with the model’s torso, reminiscent of the way the sculpture of Michelangelo’s David’s hands are enlarged.
Most of Amedeo’s nudes are posed reclining, so this is unusual. The art history text that this comparison is taken from made the point that he was influenced by African art (masks in particular), just as Picasso was.
Finally, as the ass aficionado I am, I wanted to include this pose. This is (fortunately) a very popular pose for artists to choose for their models, as I’ll discuss in a future post.