caryatid is a classical Greek architectural element depicting a
human figure supporting a weight. Many of Modigliani's dazzling
works on paper are drawings and watercolors of caryatids. Modigliani
imbues them with a vaguely Egyptian feel: the figure is seen in
a flat graphic style that makes it seem like a hieroglyphic. The
Caryatids also have an emotional intensity unusual for this traditionally
static architectural element.
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