Modigliani, Nude Sitting on a Divan, 1917
Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) was an Italian painter best known for his elongated portraits of women. This piece exhibits some of those characteristics, certainly her neck is elongated and the proportions are not realistic, but that is not the most prominent aspect. To me this painting so emotional, depicting the depth in the woman's eyes, which pervades her whole body and adds to her physical beauty. With the warm red background and beautiful skin tone, the work creates a sense of deep feeling and connection between the subject and artist, and now a strong connection felt by the viewer.