Amedeo Modigliani

Italian, 1884-1920

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La Jeune bonne (The Servant Girl), ca. 1918

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oil on canvas


support: 60 x 24 inches (152.4 x 60.96 cm); framed: 68 3/4 x 32 1/4 x 4 inches (174.63 x 81.91 x 10.16 cm)

Collection Buffalo AKG Art Museum


Room of Contemporary Art Fund, 1939

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Between 1915 and 1920, Amedeo Modigliani executed many portraits in a style characterized by sparse settings and figures rendered with elongated bodies, oval heads, and seemingly blank eyes. The subject of this painting is said to be Marie Feret, a country girl from the south of France, and everything about the composition underscores a servant’s role—from her clothing to diminutive stance. However, there is a certain dignity to the figure, which Modigliani achieved through the use of color and line to unify the composition.

Label from Picasso: The Artist and His Models, November 5, 2016–February 19, 2017