Unusually for Modigliani the background of this portrait depicts a landscape. The two trees and rolling hills provide a contrast to the central figure.
Woman with Velvet Ribbon
Date of work
Oil paint on card mounted on cradled plywood 54 x 45.4 cm Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris Collection Jean Walter et Paul Guillaume RF 1960-45 © 2017. Photo Scala, Florence
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.