1960, 13" x 18"
For some reason I seem to have an inordinately high number of Modigliani facsimiles in my collection, but this one clearly bests all competitors! Besides being signed, dated, and titled (always a plus), the colors are great, and the execution is so close to the archetype that I don't think I'm exaggerating to label this piece a "flawless" representative of the "Abstract Expressionism" genre. Take a deep breath, relax, and closely examine the fine attention to detail of the subject's features, especially the expertly rendered eyes, stylized nose, and pursed lips, not to mention the astounding rendering of the subject's flowing locks and hairline.
This description would not be complete without mentioning my newfound angels, Andy and Amy Lester. Andy gave me a glimpse of great things to come last year with his pioneering donation of "The Breast", but imagine my surprise and delight upon making the roadtrip to Andy and Amy's home to find this masterpiece as well as the next two paintings in Gallery X, "Grizzled Old Man with Pipe in Wooden Detailed Frame", and "All I Want for Christmas is a Grinning Alien Sasquatch Painting". God bless you, Mr. and Mrs. Lester ......
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