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Modigliani - Statue - Seated Nude Caryatid (1913-1915)



About the seated nude caryatid

This seated nude caryatid statue representing a female is part of our exclusive collection of statues at the Musart Boutique, inspired by Modigliani's sketch ©Modigliani Foundation

A caryatid is a stone carving of a draped female figure, used as a pillar to support the entablature of a Greek or Greek-style building. Modigliani made more than seventy drawings of caryatids, as preparatory sketches for sculptures. Their highly stylized manner shows his absorption in a wide variety of arts then considered to be "˜primitive', including African and especially Cambodian carvings. The drawings were preparatory sketches for sculptures, and Modigliani is said to have conceived of a "˜temple to humanity' surrounded by hundreds of such caryatids. However, he appears to have made only one carving directly related to this seated nude caryatid.

In 1912, the art of sculpture seemed to have taken a heavy toll. Modigliani was completely exhausted by the heavy and dust work. He was forced to devote his attentions once again to painting and was inspired by Cham Soutine, his new neighbor. He was particularly impressed by the technique and definitive lines of this Lithuanian Impressionist. The seated nude caryatid original charcoal sketch displays the same sculptural characteristics.

Find out also the Big Red Bust featuring another type of caryatid.

Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 8.5"H x 5.25"W x 3.75"D
  • Material: Resin
  • Weight (lbs): 3.4 lbs, ship wt est: 5.4


Amedeo Modigliani grew up in Livorno, Italy as the fourth child of a Jewish family. He was particularly close to his mother, who indulged the young kid's passion for art. By the time he was 14, she enrolled him with the best painting master in Livorno, Guglielmo Micheli. In 1906, Modigliani settled in Paris where he attended the Académie Colarossi. He found inspiration in Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Georges Rouault, Pablo Picasso, and particularly Paul Cezanne's work. In 1909, Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi introduced Modigliani to African sculpture and since then, this new influence impacted his art. For reinvigorating the practice of portraiture, Modigliani’s work remains one of the most significant and original of his time.


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