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Madame Kisling by Amedeo Modigliani
Madame Kisling by Amedeo Modigliani

Madame Kisling, 1917

Amedeo Modigliani

This arresting portrait shows Renee Kisling, the wife of a fellow artist who lived in Modigliani’s building in Paris. Renee’s husband described her face as “lit up, but with an intelligent, searching look.” That intelligence comes through in this stylized portrait, with its sculptural, angular features. Everything about her is striking: her short, thick brown hair, with bangs hanging down to her cloudy green eyes, her slender nose and expressive mouth, and the sharp leftward tilt of her head. Her friends called her optimistic and strikingly modern — she hated parties to end and wore trousers without socks, in the style of the Italian futurists.

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National Gallery of Art
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