Artist of the moment……Amedeo Modigliani

 

Amedeo Modgiliani was an Italian artist renown for his Modernist style of portraying human faces. Amedeo Modigliani was born in Livorno, Tuscany, Italy in the year 1884. He worked as a painter and sculptor having modest success whilst he was alive. Modigliani’s work became highly sought after upon his death.

His family was Jewish and his great grandmother had moved to Italy as a refugee. The artist family owned many businesses over the years including lending money, education centers of learning, and mining.

The artist’s mother predicted he would become an artist when Modigliani was 11 years of age. During his childhood and teenage years he was often sick with diseases including pleurisy (the inflammation of the lining of the lungs) , typhoid fever, and tuberculosis(which would take his life before the age of 40.)

Modigliani attended the Academia de Belle Arts located in Florence, Italy. He also attended the Instituto di Belle Arti also located in Florence.

A few years after finishing college Modigliani relocated in Paris, France.

In this clip a great montage of works that show Modigliani’s style of elongating the face and figure:

Amedeo Modigliani passed away in 1920 at the age of 35 years of age from tuberculosis meningitis. The artist enjoyed drinking as well as recreational narcotics.

The artist was renown for his work with the nude female figure. Here one of his most famous nude works is discussed:

Price range information: Works range from pencil works at $40,000 to original oils such as Reclining Nude on a Blue Cushion which sold for $112 million dollars in 2012.

Modigliani’s style was often imitated but never duplicated. He was a fantastic style of painting and sculpting the female figure.

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