Girl with Blue Eyes, 1918
Oil on canvas
Collection of the McNay Art Museum, bequest of Marion Koogler McNay.
Modigliani is known for modernizing the painted portrait. Flat backgrounds, elongated necks and faces, and, later, pupil-less almond shaped eyes are all characteristics of Modigliani’s work. Painted on the heels of World War I, Girl with Blue Eyes depicts a young woman dressed in a plain black dress, perhaps even a funeral dress. Her age is difficult to pinpoint: she has a youthful face with flushed cheeks and perky lips, but her eyes are gray and hollow, her expression stoic and mature.