Female Nude Reclining
Modigliani gained fame primarily for his female nudes, among which this Stuttgart painting assumes a position of noteworthy significance. The artist’s treatment of the nude, a favourite theme in European painting, is characterised by a clarity of line reminiscent of early Italian art.
The well-proportioned body stands out strikingly against the lush reddish-brown and bluish-black of the background. The head resting against one arm on the light-coloured pillow has a masklike beauty; only the dark, veiled gaze communicates a sense of secrecy and seductiveness. The smoothly modelled appearance of the individual body forms, along with their warm skin tone and the tautly rounded contours, are imbued with a consistent rhythm throughout, as the nude body fills the canvas like a large arabesque.