Amy Plum’s Daily Devoirs: The Modigliani Dev

Amedeo Modigliani "Portrait of a Woman in a Black Tie" 1917

Ignore anything you might know about this painting (place/time)
1. Give the woman an age and name.
2. What does she do? (Career and/or hobby)
3. Who did she love, and who does she love now?
4. How will she die?

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11 Comments to Amy Plum’s Daily Devoirs: The Modigliani Dev

  1. by Petra - On August 6, 2011

    1. Olivia Brant, 38
    2. A librarian. She loves gardening and I can imagine her living in a cottage with beautiful vines growing on the walls.
    3. She loved her best friends then boyfriend, now husband and has never admitted it to anybody but herself. She is now in love with Nathan “Nate” Telch. He’s a landscaper who doesn’t like to stay coped up in the office, despite the fact he part-owes the landscaping company and doesn’t have to go on site if he doesn’t want to. They meet in Olivia’s backyard after she hired his company to put in a elaborate water feature and new patio.
    4. She dies of Pneumonia at age 71. She visited the hospital, but was sent home.

    Question 4 was the hardest. I was tempted to say she was bitten by a vampire and never dies LOL. Now I’m wondering what the real story to the painting is.

  2. by Adna - On August 6, 2011

    1.Her name is Aurélie Barras. She is 33 yers old.
    2.She is part of the French Résistance during World War II. She is a waitress in a small restaurant. That is only her cover. Her hobby was painting.
    3.Her first love was a beautiful blue eyed man from Germany. His name was Sven. Soon she found out that he was a member of the Gestapo. A few days later he disappeared without saying goodbye. Then she decided to join the Résistance and help her country. As a waitress she could hear what some of the Nazi German soldiers, who visited that restaurant daily, planned. She fell in love with the restaurant´s owner, Fransoir, 36. He didn´t know anything about her Résistance membership.
    4.She died of Strangulation at age 33. Murdered by Sven.

  3. by amy - On August 6, 2011

    Okay, Petra and Adna. You are both SO CREATIVE – I love both of your devs. LOVE THEM! Can see them both in my mind’s eye.

  4. by amy - On August 6, 2011

    Oh, and the real story. WHO KNOWS? Modigliani usually painted his mistress, Jeanne, so I chose someone anonymous on purpose so no one would have any presuppositions!

  5. by Adna - On August 6, 2011

    Oh, I had so many ideas for her. This could also be a painting made a few moments before she got murdered. Strangled with this tie. She probably knew that she was going to die. That´s why her eyes look so…sad..or empty. Or both. There are so many possibilities.

    Thank you once again Amy. I love your devs. Can´t wait for the next 🙂

    I almost forgot. I always wanted to know… Does this fountain with the sculpture of the man holding a woman in his arms (“mon ange”) really exist? You described it so wonderful.

  6. by Rita - On August 7, 2011

    1. Her name is Charlotte Ferris. She’s 26.
    2. She has a small job as a housemaid, but she relishes the stime she gets to play the violin, and puts the bow to the string any free moment she can.
    3. She fell in love with a fellow musician, specifically a cellist, with whom she played a duet in her community orchestra. However, after Berlin was divided, they were separated by the wall. She often wrote in her diary about the times, every Sunday, she would go to the wall and play, as loud as she could, the new pieces published from around the world. Sometimes, she notes, if it’s quiet, she can almost imagine the chorus of a cello playing back the pieces… She can’t find it in herself to love anyone, not even herself, because she blames herself for their separation.
    4. She dies at an old age, many years after, her soul carried away to death by the sound of Beethoven’s Midnight Sonata.

    This was fun. We never get to do stuff like this in my English class.

  7. by Lori Ann - On August 7, 2011

    1. Mabel Dowling, 19
    2. Schoolmarm
    3. She loved her teacher’s son in the big city school in Philadelphia, and now loves the former schoolmarm’s ghost in the one-room rural schoolhouse in which she teaches.
    4. Saving a sheep from drowning. She forgot she didn’t know how to swim.

  8. by Katlen - On August 7, 2011

    1.Her name was Maria Vaga.
    2.A seamstress.
    3.She was in love with her bosses son James Black. After realizing his father would do anything to stop them from being together. She left to Italy were she meets Ian Craisin a morgue tech. She finds him mysterious and dark. Her love for him is greater then her fear. She will find that everyone has secrets to hide. She holds the deepest secret of all,her soul. Which is kept inside an orb.
    4.She died in Ian’s arm’s when her orb was crushed by James at age 38.

  9. by amy - On August 10, 2011

    I love all of these. Who knew one woman could have so many identities? Maybe all of them are true, and have happened to her in past lives.

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