#FridayPainting: Amedeo Modigliani “Seated Girl”

What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious, the mystery of the instinctive in the human race.”Amedeo Modigliani

Seated Girl, 1918 Amedeo Modigliani

I have often wondered how the name of paintings are discovered for it would seem to me that the name reveals itself as the painting comes to life.

Modigliani was well-known for regularly reciting Dante and other famous poets. I imagine him painting and reciting poetry.

“When I know your soul, I will paint your eyes” Amedeo Modigliani

The title, “Seated Girl,” may seem understated, yet it defines what is obvious and stands in sharp contrast to the young girl’s unreadable expression. Her eyes hold a wisdom that draws our attention and curiosity.

Amedeo Modigliani was a brilliant artist, although he did not find fame in his lifetime. His work is unmistakable and is immediately recognized with just a glance. He may have died almost penniless, but the richness of his legacy continues unabated in art and museum collections across the globe.

It is your duty in life to save your dream.” Amedeo Modigliani

With one eye you are looking at the outside world, while with the other you are looking within yourself.” Amedeo Modigliani