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Modigliani

Modigliani

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Modigliani

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120 pages
24 minutes
Released:
Mar 15, 2013
ISBN:
9781781606001
Format:
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Modigliani (1884-1920) was a painter of great unhappiness in his native Italy and felt only sorrow in his adopted country of France. Out of this discontent came forth Modigliani’s original work, which was influenced by African art, the Cubists, and drunken nights in Montparnasse.
His portrayal of women—sensual bodies, almost aggressive nudity, and mysterious faces—expresses their suffering and feelings of being unloved and unjustly disregarded. Modigliani died at the age of 36.
Released:
Mar 15, 2013
ISBN:
9781781606001
Format:
Book

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Author: Victoria Charles

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Victoria Charles

Amedeo

Modigliani

TABLE OF CONTENT

From Tradition to Modernism A Reinterpretation of Classical Works

Discovery of New Art Forms

The Nudes and Moral Values

An Unconscious Liberation

The Art of Close-Up

Emotional Involvement A Depersonalizing Process

An Aesthetic Quest

Conclusion

Biography

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

1. Self-Portrait, 1919.

Oil on canvas, 100 x 65 cm. Museu de Arte

Contemporanea da Universidade de San Paulo, Brazil.

Amedeo Modigliani was born in Italy in 1884 and died in Paris at the age of thirty-five. He was Jewish, with a French mother and Italian father, and so grew up amidst three cultures. A passionate and charming man who had numerous lovers, his unique vision was nurtured by his appreciation of his Italian and classical artistic heritage, his understanding of French style and sensibility, in particular the rich artistic atmosphere of Paris at the turn of the 20th century, and his intellectual awareness inspired by Jewish tradition.

Unlike other avant-garde artists, Modigliani painted mainly portraits – typically unrealistically elongated with a melancholic air – and nudes, which exhibit a graceful beauty and strange eroticism.

In 1906, Modigliani moved to Paris, the centre of artistic innovation and the international art market. He frequented the cafes and galleries of Montmartre and Montparnasse, where many different groups of artists congregated. He soon became friends with the post-impressionist painter (and alcoholic) Maurice Utrillo (1883–1955) and the German painter Ludwig Meidner (1844–1966), who described Modigliani as the last, true bohemian (Doris Krystof, Modigliani).

Modigliani’s mother sent him what money she could afford, but he was desperately poor and had to change lodgings frequently, sometimes abandoning his work when he had to run away without paying the rent. Fernande Olivier, the first girlfriend in Paris of Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), describes one of Modigliani’s rooms in her

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