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Modigliani: A Life
by Meryle Secrest

ISBN: 9781921844393
PUBLISHER: Scribe Publications
FORMAT: Hardback
PAGES: 390
PUBLICATION DATE: 2.11.2011
DIMENSIONS: 230mmX152mm

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Amedeo ('Beloved of God') Modigliani was considered to be the quintessential bohemian artist, his legend almost as infamous as Van Gogh's. In Modigliani's time, his work was seen as an oddity: contemporary with the Cubists but not part of their movement. His work was a link between such portraitists as Whistler, Sargent, and Toulouse-Lautrec and that of the Art Deco painters of the 1920s as well as the new approaches of Gauguin, Cezanne, and Picasso. In this major new biography, Meryle Secrest now gives us a fully realised portrait of one of the twentieth century's master painters and sculptors: his upbringing, a Sephardic Jew from an impoverished but genteel Italian family; his going to Paris to make his fortune; his striking good looks, his training as an artist, and his influences, including the Italian Renaissance, particularly the art of Botticelli; Nietzsche's theories of the artist as Ubermensch, divinely endowed, divinely inspired; the monochromatic backgrounds of Van Gogh and Cezanne; the work of the Romanian sculptor Brancusi; and the primitive sculptures of Africa and Oceania with their simplified, masklike triangular faces, elongated silhouettes, puckered lips, low foreheads, and heads on exaggeratedly long necks. We see the ways in which Modigliani's long-kept-secret illness from tuberculosis (it almost killed him as a young man) affected his work and his attitude towards life ; how consumption caused him to embrace fatalism and

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