Painted in 1919 after the artist fled Paris for the south of France, ‘Jeune Fille en Bleu’ is one of the finest works from the penultimate year of Amedeo Modigliani’s life. In this episode of Expert Voices, Sotheby’s Senior Specialist Simon Stock explains how the search for new subjects in this new location saw Modigliani depicting informal models found in local bars and shops. This portrait captures the serenity of the young girl sitter and we see all the recognisable traits of Modigliani’s late work: the simplified human form, the elongated neck and the vacant eyes. One of the finest examples of the artist’s late portraits in private hands, ‘Jeune Fille en Bleu’ is a highlight of our upcoming Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale (12 May | New York).
The Serenity of Modigliani’s Blue-Eyed Sitter
NEW YORK | 12 MAY 2021