Apologies to Modigliani

Faith Puleston

Herdecke, Germany

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This study (part of my teach-yourself-art project) is on brownish drawing paper 50×70cm (20×28in) in pastel chalks. I used part of a portrait of Jeanne Hébuterne (1898-1920), who was the common-law wife of Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920). I quote the abcgallerydotcom: [She was a] student of the Académie Colarossi; they started to live together. “She was gentle, shy, quiet and delicate. A little bit depressive”, the writer Charles-Albert Cingria characterized Jeanne. She became his major model until his death, he painted her no less than 25 times." Their lives ended prematurely. “On January 24 1920 [Amadeo] died. On the following day the pregnant Jeanne Hébuterne committed suicide. They were buried together in the Père Lachaise cemetery. Their orphan daughter Jeanne (1918-1984) was adopted by Modigliani’s sister in Florence; later she would write an important biography of her father Modigliani:Man and Myth.” You can view many of Modigliani’s paintings at the above mentioned website. I must emphasize the meditative aspect of this exercise. Nothing brings one nearer to a painter than actually following his or her paintbrush “at work”. And after all, that’s how painters learnt the craft in the old days!
Finger painters – I work the soft pastels (from Talens Rembrandt) in with my fingers. Some say fingers are too fatty and one should use torchons, but I prefer fingers for immediacy and make sure mine are kept fat-free!
AW: WOW- am I glad to be here folks! I noticed a few familiar names, such as Jamie, whose work I find exhilarating, and will be doing the rounds soon. Wonderful to find kindred spirits. I’d been biting my nails on AW for long enough. But on the other hand, I have met such splendid people there that I should be grateful, and am! LOL Faith

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