Boy in Short Pants, ca. 1918

Modigliani devoted his short and troubled life to creating paintings, chiefly portraits of people he knew, treated in a flat, coolly modulated way. Often the faces of his portraits refer to the African masks which had fascinated several modern artists.

Boy in Short Pants, with its acid yellow-green colors and air of remote detachment, has the ironic elegance which Modigliani often gave to his bohemian acquaintances