La Fantesca 1915
Oil on Canvas
Framed Size 98cm x 64cm
Sold by Sotherby’s New York in 2009 for £2,219,699.10
With this candid portrait of a domestic servant, the artist achieves intimacy with this model by the very manner in which he applies paint to the canvass.
Although his portraits are considered among the finest of the 20th Century, Modigliani’s working methods were unorthodox.
His good looks and exuberant temperament sometimes intimidated his models and his unprofessional antics would make for a lively, if not unnerving afternoon in the studio.