Portrait of Beatrice Hastings - Amedeo Modigliani. 81 x 54 cm
The eccentric, active and insanely talented Amedeo Modigliani was very popular among women. Among them, Beatrice Hastings is an intellectual and the famous Parisian socialite.
Beatrice was kind bright and ambitious. She wrote poetry, tried herself as a circus horsewoman, sang, and in a wide range (she could sing both bass and high soprano), owned a piano and traveled a lot. She played a large role for subsequent researchers of the work of Modigliani, as she left detailed memories of the artist.
Their romance was fleeting and bright. They were a very strange couple - an elegant, stylish blonde Beatrice and a dark-skinned Modigliani taller, dressed in a washed, worn-out suit.
The presented portrait is far from the only one in the gallery of the master’s works. Beatrice for some time became his muse - he painted it in different interiors, with all kinds of hairstyles and hats. And here we see Beatrice in an unusual bowler hat decorated with a long multi-colored feather. The author emphasizes her long swan neck. The face is extended. Small eyes, a thin nose, curved eyebrow strings, gathered red lips create a thoughtful and focused image. The artist acts with his eyes in an original way - one draws, and the second fills with color completely.
Modigliani complements the portrait with an unusual background - behind the heroine’s back is a brown piano and a yellow wall. The master here does not observe spatial canons, as in most cases, from this the image of Beatrice seems to extend beyond the boundaries of the picture, allowing us to examine it in more detail. The color of the painting traditional for Modigliani is warm, rich colors. The line of the master is thin and graceful, interacts with color, creating volume.
Modigliani's life with Beatrice was hectic and passionate. They quarreled, using fists, mops and flower pots, and then violently reconciled. The woman kept Modigliani from bad habits, sometimes enjoyed drinking whiskey with him, she lived with him under one roof, but claimed that she could not belong to anyone. Modigliani was most offended by the fact that Beatrice believed that the artist’s paintings should be approved by the public, the master insisted that he was the most important critic for himself. In the end, the windmill Beatrice left Modigliani to the sculptor Alfred Pina, leaving Modigliani the bitterness of separation and a number of her wonderful portraits.