Reclining Nude from the Back (Nu couche de dos) (1917) by Amedeo Modigliani

Reclining Nude from the Back (Nu couche de dos) - Modigliani, Amedeo - 1917 - 2

Artwork Information

TitleReclining Nude from the Back (Nu couche de dos)
ArtistAmedeo Modigliani
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions64.5 x 99.5 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationBarnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, US
Location Created Paris, France
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About Reclining Nude from the Back (Nu couche de dos)

Amedeo Modigliani’s masterpiece, Reclining Nude From The Back (Nu Couche De Dos), was completed in 1917 and depicts a naked female figure in repose. It is currently valued at over $100 million, making it one of the world’s most expensive works of art. In 2019, the painting sold for $157.2 million at Sotheby’s New York, setting a new benchmark for modern art and cementing Modigliani’s reputation as one of the most renowned figurative painters of his time.

This beautiful work features a life-sized woman reclined on her right side – her right arm under her head, left arm akimbo and a pillow beneath her head. Her head is slightly turned off to the side with eyes closed in a peaceful slumber – each feature lovingly crafted with simple lines and colors. This painting reveals Modigliani’s immense talent for creating lifelike depictions of women with astounding feeling and grace.

Reclining Nude from the Back is an essential part of Modigliani’s oeuvre, but he had also painted several exquisite portraits too, such as his famous Portrait of Max Jacob from 1916 that was sold for $24 country in 2016 became one of Israel museum collection signature pieces. His impressive accomplishments define him as one of the most important figures in modern art history.

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