Head of a Woman

Amedeo Modigliani, Italian, 1884 - 1920

Made in France, Europe



27 3/4 × 9 1/4 × 6 1/2 inches (70.5 × 23.5 × 16.5 cm) Base: 4 1/2 × 9 1/8 × 8 1/4 inches (11.4 × 23.2 × 21 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Maurice J. Speiser in memory of her husband, 1950

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Though widely recognized for his painted portraits of women with elongated features, Modigliani equally considered himself to be a sculptor of the first rank. He created around two dozen stone sculptures between 1909 and 1915, utilizing the direct carving techniques he had learned in Paris from the Romanian-born sculptor Constantin Brancusi. This bust of a woman's head displays a stylized, modern interpretation of non-Western art--especially Cycladic and Egyptian statuary--also referenced in the artist's oil compositions. Modigliani found sculpture to be a prohibitively expensive and physically demanding process, which explains why he did not produce more three-dimensional works in his short lifetime.