Rembrandt (1606 - 1669) week; «Considered the greatest painter in all of European Art, Rembrandt van Rijn was a Dutch painter and etcher of the Dutch Golden Age. As a child, he had an inclination towards painting, and spent three years under the apprenticeship of a local history painter. After another six month apprenticeship with painter Jan Pieter Lastman, he opened his own studio. He began taking art students at his studio at the ripe old age of twenty-one years old» (wikiart.org) - 2017.12.18
Most of Amedeo Modigliani’s works were created during a few hectic years during and right after the First World War. The Italian-born artist moved to Paris in 1906 and dithered for a while between sculpture and painting. He worked a year as an assistant to Constantin Brâncusi, whose perception of form can be traced in Modigliani’s masklike portraits. After quickly gaining a reputation as an eminent draughtsman, Modigliani made his living as a café artiste by drawing hastily executed portraits of the café patrons in the hope of securing a commission for versions in oil.
The National Museum’s female portrait has often borne the title Portrait of Mme Zborowska. Mme Zborowska was married to the Polish poet and art dealer Leopold Zborowski, Modigliani’s close friend and agent. But individual traits were not Modigliani’s style, and it seems likely that the sitter is unknown. It was thanks to Leopold Zborowski that Modigliani achieved at least a modicum of fame during his lifetime. But his breakthrough came too late: Modigliani suffered from tuberculosis, and the artist succumbed to illness and alcohol and drug abuse at the age of thirty-five. His posthumous fame continued to grow, however, and during the 1920s his tragic life and idiosyncratic style became a fixture of European modernism. @nasjonalmuseet
Amedeo Modigliani “Young Woman”
Oil on canvas
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway
Gift from the National Gallery Friends 1947