Madame Hanka Zborowska, from a Polish aristocratic family, was the partner of Modigliani’s agent, Leopold Zborowski. The couple sat for the artist many times, and here Modigliani paints Zwborowska according to his idealised vision of beauty, elongating her features to emulate those found in African, Cambodian and 13th century Italian artworks.
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 64.5 x 46 cm
Born in Livorno, Italy to Jewish parents in 1884, Amedeo Modigliani was a dedicated painter, draughtsman and sculptor. He began studying art in 1898 and continued to do so after moving to southern Italy to recuperate after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. In 1906, intrigued by the Paris art scene, he moved to the city where he developed a unique and instantly recognisable pictorial style. Though meeting little success during their time, his emotionally intense portraits and seductive nudes are now among the best-loved paintings of the 20th century.