Though widely recognized for his painted portraits of women with elongated features, Modigliani equally considered himself to be a sculptor of the first rank. He created around two dozen stone sculptures between 1909 and 1915, utilizing the direct carving techniques he had learned in Paris from the Romanian-born sculptor Constantin Brancusi. This bust of a woman’s head displays a stylized, modern interpretation of non-Western art--especially Cycladic and Egyptian statuary--also referenced in the artist’s oil compositions. Modigliani found sculpture to be a prohibitively expensive and physically demanding process, which explains why he did not produce more three-dimensional works in his short lifetime.


  • Title: Head of a Woman
  • Date Created: 1912
  • Location Created: France
  • Physical Dimensions: w235.2 x h705.36 x d76.2 in (Overall)
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Gift of Mrs. Maurice J. Speiser in memory of her husband, 1950, © 2011 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Limestone
  • Artist/Maker: Amedeo Modigliani, Italian, 1884 - 1920

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