This is one of a small group of paintings of youths by Modigliani. It seems likely that this painting was a homage to Paul Cézanne's series depicting country workers as Modigliani was heavily influenced by his work.
The Little Peasant
Date of work
Oil on canvas 100 x 64.5 cm Tate. Presented by Miss Jenny Blaker in memory of Hugh Blaker 1941
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.