This work depicts Jeanne Hebuterne, Modigliani’s wife, whom he met in 1917 and fell passionately in love. She became a frequent subject in the artist's work who was influenced by the early Italian masters, clearly seen in this artwork.
The painting portrays Jeanne, with her slate-grey eyes and long elegant face, assuming the pose of an Italian Renaissance Virgin Annunciate. She is also composed of oval and curved shapes against a softly brushed and light background, with barely any recognizable objects, in a purposely narrowed view. A simple yet oddly disturbing painting carried onto our model, in a minimalistic and elegant approach.
After Modigliani’s death, in 1920 Jeanne committed suicide the following morning. She was nine months pregnant with their second child.
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