A man in love is always a little crazy, especially if he is also an artist. The all-consuming love and passion of Amedeo Modigliani and his wife, inspirer and ally of Jeanne Hebutern became both happiness and grief for their family. Amedeo drank deeply and dreamed of suicide. Jeanne, in response to comments from friends that her husband needs help, replied that such a great man must die. Together they were not for long, only three years. However, for such a short period, the artist and sculptor managed to create 25 of her portraits.
He painted his Jeanne in elegant wide-brimmed hats, in huge precious beads, velvet dresses. One of the key works was "Portrait of Jeanne Hebutern". This picture is the simplest, without embellishment and excesses. The girl appears before the viewer in uncomplicated attire and hair flowing over her shoulders. Despite the fact that the work is made in the style of expressionism, her face is recognizable. A characteristic, slightly sullen look gives out the Modigliani muse. The work is done in warm, soft colors.
It seemed that ahead of the couple only a bright road and a long happy life. However, the artist’s pernicious passions played a role in this story. Passion for alcohol weakened Amedeo’s immunity. In January 1920, he died in Paris to become an angel, as the loving Joan had predicted to him. She herself could not endure the separation from her husband. The day after the death of her husband, a pregnant woman jumped out the window. Their eldest daughter was subsequently adopted by the artist’s sister.
Artist Vasily Maximov