Woman's Head

Artist: Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, Livorno 1884–1920 Paris)

Date: 1912

Medium: Limestone

Dimensions: 26 7/8 × 6 1/4 × 9 1/2 in. (68.3 × 15.9 × 24.1 cm)
Weight: 75 lb. (34 kg)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: The Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls Collection, 1997

Accession Number: 1997.149.10


After meeting Constantin Brancusi, in 1909, Modigliani began to carve in stone, resulting in about twenty-five known sculptures. These abstracted, elongated heads had a significant stylistic impact on his subsequent figure and portrait paintings. It is fitting that this work, with its strong connection to African sculpture, was originally owned by French artist Frank Burty Haviland, whose famous collection of African art Modigliani knew well. Modigliani’s sculptures also reflect his knowledge of ancient Cycladic, Sumerian, Egyptian, Greek, and Oceanic art.