This oil painting by André Romijn is a poignant homage to Amedeo Modigliani, an artist whose life story is as compelling as his art. Romijn’s portrayal captures a Modigliani that is complex and contemplative, his gaze intense and somewhat penetrating, perhaps reflecting an inner turmoil or the weight of unspoken thoughts.

This oil painting by Andre Romijn is a poignant homage to Amedeo Modigliani KUNSTHUIS Andre

The artist’s choice to depict Modigliani in a casual pose, with a cigarette loosely held between his fingers, humanizes him, drawing attention to the more personal and vulnerable aspects of his character. The swollen thumb, subtly indicating his battle with tuberculosis, adds a layer of poignancy to the portrait, suggesting the silent struggles that underpinned his bohemian lifestyle.

Tragic love story

The warm, earthy tones of the painting, along with the contrast of the cool blue in the background, create a balanced yet emotionally charged atmosphere. This colour palette might also allude to the dichotomy of Modigliani’s life – the warmth of his creative passion against the cool, sometimes harsh reality of his circumstances.

Romijn’s inclusion of Jeanne Hébuterne’s portrait in the background serves as a haunting reminder of their tragic love story. It is a subtle yet powerful tribute, and its placement in the painting creates a narrative connection between the figures, as if Modigliani is forever tied to her memory.

Amadeo Modigliani by Andre Romijn KUNSTHUIS Andre Middelburg

Early 20th century Parisian art scene

The style of the painting, with its bold contours and expressive brushwork, nods to Modigliani’s own artistic approach. Yet, Romijn brings his own interpretation to the piece, offering a modern reflection on the legacy of an artist whose works and life story have grown to legendary status long after his premature death.

Romijn’s painting does more than just depict Modigliani; it invokes the aura of an artist who lived and breathed his art amid the tumult of personal suffering, whose posthumous fame contrasts sharply with his lived experience. It stands as a testament to the enduring nature of Modigliani’s influence and the romanticism that often shrouds the lives of artists in the early 20th century Parisian art scene.


  • Size (h w d): 68 x 50 cm
  • Framed Size (h w d): 80 x 69 x 6 cm

The inclusion of an authentic early 20th-century frame adds a layer of historical resonance to the artwork, enhancing its aesthetic and emotional impact.

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