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Modigliani studied briefly in Florence and Venice before moving to Paris in 1906. His portraits chronicle the lives of fellow artists and poets, although the woman in this painting remains unidentified. Influenced by African masks and Cubism, he rendered her features as flat, geometric planes. The gracefully elongated neck and nose may also derive from the Renaissance paintings of Sandro Botticelli and Parmigianino, thereby elegantly merging Western and non-Western, modern and traditional styles.

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  • Title: Portrait of a Woman
  • Creator: Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, 1884-1920)
  • Date Created: c. 1917-1918
  • Physical Dimensions: Framed: 94.6 x 77.5 x 6 cm (37 1/4 x 30 1/2 x 2 3/8 in.); Unframed: 65 x 48.3 cm (25 9/16 x 19 in.)
  • Provenance: Georges Bénard, Paris, (Bénard sale, Hôtel Drouot, June 9, 1933 (no. 67), sold to G. Bernheim), Probably Georges Bernheim, Paris, France, (Galerie Paul Guillaume, Paris, France), (César de Hauke, Paris, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art), The Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1951.358
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Inscriptions: Signed upper right: "Modigliani"
  • Department: Modern European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: Italy, 20th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of the Hanna Fund
  • Collection: Mod Euro - Painting 1800-1960
  • Accession Number: 1951.358

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