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Portrait of Beatrice Hastings (Portrait de Beatrice Hastings)

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Portrait of Beatrice Hastings (Portrait de Beatrice Hastings)

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Amedeo Modigliani
Italian, 1884–1920

Date

1914

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

2019.150

Dimensions

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Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 2, Gallery 205

Description

The thick application of paint in short, choppy strokes in this work betrays Amedeo Modigliani’s early association with the art of the Macchiaioli, a group of Italian artists who, like the French Impressionists, painted in colorful patches. The portrait is of the English writer, poet, and literary critic Beatrice Hastings, Modigliani’s partner between 1914 and 1916. The stylization of her features—elongated nose, almond shaped eyes, long neck, and sensual orange-red coloring—is characteristic of Modigliani’s distinctive style. Hastings and Modigliani met in Paris through friends. Modigliani painted Hastings fourteen times during their two-year relationship.

Credit

Doris and Shouky Shaheen Collection