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Young Woman of the People by Amedeo Modigliani
Young Woman of the People by Amedeo Modigliani

Young Woman of the People, 1918

Amedeo Modigliani

This woman’s face has the angular beauty of an African mask. At the time of this painting, African art was flooding Paris, where the artist lived and worked. You can see its influence in this woman’s elongated features, close-set eyes, and small mouth. Other details, like her large, rough hands and rolled-up sleeves are meant to reveal her working-class status.

Modigliani wrote, “Happiness is an angel with a serious face.” Judging from this woman’s haunting gaze, it’s likely that her presence made the artist happy.

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Credit
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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