Girl with a Polka-dot Blouse is a portrait painting by Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani in 1919. It features a young woman with close-cropped hair and a stylish blouse, which suggest that she was part of the artist’s social circle. The painting can be found at The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.
The artwork showcases Modigliani’s unique style characterized by thin paint surface and clean, decisive lines. He developed this distinct style during his stay in Paris in the early 1900s. Her face shape is reminiscent of Ivory Coast masks, which were an influential art form during the early 20th century.
Modigliani was born into a Jewish family of merchants, and he suffered from illness throughout his life. Despite this, he created graceful portraits and lush nudes that are now widely celebrated but were not appreciated during his brief career. “Girl with a Polka-dot Blouse” features an asymmetrical composition, elongated figure, and draws the viewer’s attention to her captivating gaze.
Repeatedly reproduced as a high-quality print suitable for display in museum-grade settings or private homes worldwide, “Girl with a Polka-dot Blouse” is undoubtedly one of Modigliani’s most beloved artworks.”