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First of all from the point of view of its aesthetic reality and then not just from its development and the mastery of its creation but from the standpoint of what has moved and agitated its creator. A central participant in the Ecole de Paris, Modigliani modernized two of the enduring themes of art history: the portrait and the nude. Characterized by a sense of melancholy, elongated proportions, and mask-like faces influenced by such sources as Constantin Brancusi and African art, Modigliani's portraits are both specific and highly stylized, each uniquely revealing its sitter's inner life, while at the same time unmistakably "Modiglianized," to use the words of one critic.
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Their effects are subtly involving, whether he used paint thick or thin or worked in stone, but they are often lost in reproduction. Yet this is only one of several reasons why the comprehensive exhibition of his work at Tate Modern brilliantly succeeds in reinvigorating his reputation. Another is the replacement of the mythology around his short life he died in at the age of 35 with a more embedded understanding of his involvement with creative networks and the visual culture of the day. Previously, emphasis on his bohemian lifestyle, and its familiar cocktail of tuberculosis, poverty, womanising, substance abuse and alcohol, has obscured such interesting details as the fact that he was born into a cosmopolitan family of Sephardic Jews; owed much, intellectually, to his maternal grandfather; and toured Italy with his mother, visiting museums, galleries, churches, and ruins.
Ina Reclining Nude by Modigliani became the second most expensive artwork in auction history. Three years later, another nude by the same iconic artist has appeared on the market. Although financial logic accounts for the bulk of the prices paid for major masterpieces these days, there are still lots of works that attract an irrational and passion-inspired premium.
Seated Nude Courtauld Institute, London. This Modigliani is one of the greatest 20th-century paintings. For analysis of works by expressionists like Modigliani, please see: Analysis of Modern Paintings
The nude was dead; the speeding car more thrilling than the female body. Yet byModigliani had almost single-handedly resuscitated her. This was not the decorous nakedness of Manetthe woman seen at a distance, wreathed in allegory.
Amedeo Modigliani The Complete Works. Amedeo Clemente Modigliani July 12, - January 24, was an Italian artist of Jewish heritage, practicing both painting and sculpture, who pursued his career for the most part in France. Modigliani was born in Livorno historically referred to in English as Leghornin Northwestern Italy and began his artistic studies in Italy before moving to Paris in Influenced by the artists in his circle of friends and associates, by a range of genres and art movements, and by primitive art, Modigliani's oeuvre was nonetheless unique and idiosyncratic.
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He is known for portraits and nudes in a modern style characterized by elongation of faces, necks, and figures that were not received well during his lifetime but later found acceptance. Modigliani spent his youth in Italy, where he studied the art of antiquity and the Renaissance. By Modigliani was exhibiting highly stylized sculptures with Cubists of the Section d'Or group at the Salon d'Automne. From to he devoted himself mainly to sculpture.