Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Amedeo Modigliani, and Unconscious Beauty

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Amedeo Clemente Modigliani [born in 1884 in Livorno, Italy–died in 1920 in Paris, France] is here shown on September 11, 1905, before his arrival in Paris, in 1906. Modigliani epitomized the artistic life in its romantic myth, dying at an early age, in poverty, unrecognized. He had only one solo exhibition in his short life. He sold his paintings for restaurant meals and drink. After his death, his paintings became sought after by collectors, selling for tens of millions of dollars. For example, La Belle Romaine (Nude Sitting on a Divan) a painting of a nude, part of a series of nudes Modigliani created around 1917, sold for more than $68.9 million at a 2010 auction in New York—a record then for the artist’s work. A private collector purchased the work. And “Tete,” a 65-cm limestone sculpture was sold for $52.6 million in 2010. Recent works have sold for much more, including Nu Couché (Reclining Nude) for $170.4 million in 2015. If the modern art critics haven’t taken a liking to him, the public undoubtedly has. If some view him as an arrogant individual, it is only an impression that he made, borne out of poverty and a creative child-like view of the world that few would understand, let alone enter. (See here for a list of some of his notable paintings.)  For more, go [here] and [here] and [here].
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