Biography of Amedeo
During the early 1900's in Paris, the
Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani, b. July
12, 1884, d. Jan. 24, 1920, developed a unique style.
Today his graceful portraits and lush nudes at once
evoke his name, but during his brief career few apart
from his fellow artists were aware of his gifts. Modigliani
had to struggle against poverty and chronic ill health,
dying of tuberculosis and excesses of drink and drugs
at the age of 35.
In 1906, Modigliani settled in Paris,
where he encountered the works of Toulouse-Lautrec,
Georges Rouault, and Pablo Picasso (in his "blue
period") and assimilated their influence, as in
The Jewess. The strong influence of Cezanne's paintings
is clearly evident, both in Modigliani's deliberate
distortion of the figure and the free use of large,
flat areas of color. His friendship with Constantin
Brancusi kindled Modigliani's interest in sculpture,
in which he would continue his very personal idiom,
distinguished by strong linear rhythms, simple elongated
forms, and verticality.
After 1915, Modigliani devoted himself
entirely to painting, producing some of his best work.
His interest in African masks and sculpture remains
evident, especially in the treatment of the sitters'
faces: flat and masklike, with almond eyes, twisted
noses, pursed mouths, and elongated necks. Despite their
extreme economy of composition and neutral backgrounds,
the portraits convey a sharp sense of the sitter's personality,
as in Moise Kisling. A fine example of Modigliani's
figure paintings is a reclining Nude, an elegant, arresting
arrangement of curved lines and planes as well as a
striking idealization of feminine sexuality.
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