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Jeanne Hébuterne by Amedeo Modigliani
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Jeanne Hébuterne, 1919

Amedeo Modigliani

Modigliani’s pregnant mistress Jeanne poses, arm draped across the top of a chair, long index finger on her cheek, looking quizzically out at the viewer. This stance — head tilted and balanced on a hand — is a variation on the posture artists have used throughout history to depict melancholy. It’s almost as if the two halves of her body hold two different poses — the arm touching her face is active, while the other appears limp and relaxed. A sad, real-life story underscores this picture: when Modigliani died from tuberculosis in 1920, Jeanne committed suicide the following day.

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