Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Today's Birthday: Amedeo Clemente Modigliani


Amedeo Clemente Modigliani (Italian pronunciation: [ameˈdɛːo modiʎˈʎaːni]; Livorno, 12 July 1884 – Paris, 24 January 1920) was an Italian Jewish painter and sculptor who worked mainly in France. He is known for portraits and nudes in a modern style characterized by elongation of faces 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 until he moved to Paris in 1906. There he came into contact with prominent artists such as Pablo Picasso and Constantin Brâncuși.

Modigliani's œuvre includes paintings and drawings. From 1909 to 1914, however, he devoted himself mainly to sculpture. His main subject was portraits and full figures of humans, both in the images and in the sculptures. During his life, Amedeo Modigliani had little success, but after his death he achieved greater popularity and his works of art achieved high prices. He died at age 35 in Paris of tubercular meningitis.

Happy Birthday to Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, born on this day in 1884: http://bit.ly/2tJNfOB 

The best of his nudes






The Affair that changed him: At six feet tall, raven-haired and ravishingly beautiful, 21-year-old Anna Akhmatova proved something of a sensation when she arrived in Paris on the arm of her husband in 1910 – people would turn to look at her in the street. The couple were on their honeymoon, and, being poets of some repute in their native Russia, headed straight for Montparnasse, then the favoured haunt of the Parisian avant garde. Here they mingled with the penniless painters, sculptors, poets and composers who had moved to the area from the increasingly chichi Montmartre, in search of cheap rent, cheap cafés and run-down buildings that might serve as studios.

One such artist was the 25-year-old Amedeo Modigliani, who had arrived from Italy four years before. With an aristocratic Roman nose, a strong jaw and a mop of jet-black hair, he enchanted Anna, and the two became inseparable ...


Kneeling Blue Caryatid, c191; thought to have been inspired by the visits the pair made to the Louvre’s Egyptian gallery (GETTY)
More at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-features/11532201/Modigliani-and-the-Russian-beauty-the-affair-that-changed-him.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amedeo_Modigliani

https://www.wikiart.org/en/amedeo-modigliani

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

Now this is a name I knew! I hadn't seen too many of his paintings, but I am familiar with his sculpture pieces. Apparently, he carried over that angular form he loved into his paintings, too. Many of his sculpted works have the same lines. I wonder why he was so focused on tall and stretched images.