Amedeo Modigliani

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  • Year of birth: 1884
  • Date of death: 24 Jan 1920
  • Country: Italy


The famous artist Amedeo Modigliani was born in 1884 in Livorno, in a country that was then called the Kingdom of Italy. His parents were Jews-Sephardim, the family had four children. Amedeo or Yedidia (that was his real name) was the smallest. He was destined to become one of the most famous artists of the late nineteenth and the beginning of the last century, a brilliant representative of the art of expressionism.

During his very brief life, and he lived for only 35 years, the artist has managed to reach heights that were not retained many of the others who lived to a ripe old age. He burned very brightly, despite snadowsky his lung disease. At age 11 the boy was ill with pleurisy, and then typhoid. This is a very serious disease, after which many did not survive. But Amedeo has survived, though it cost him his health. Physical weakness did not prevent to develop his genius, though, and brought to the grave of a beautiful young man.

Modigliani lived his childhood and adolescence in Italy. In this country the environment itself, and numerous monuments have helped the study of ancient art. In the sphere of interests of the future artist entered the art of the Renaissance, which helped him in further development and largely influenced his perception of reality.

The time when Modigliani was formed as a person and as an artist, has given the world many talented artists. This period was revised attitude to the art of the past, and formed a new artistic movement and direction. Moved in 1906 to Paris, the future master was in the midst of swirling events.

As masters of the Renaissance, Modigliani, first of all, interested in people, not objects. In his heritage has been preserved just a few of the landscapes, whereas other genres of painting he was not interested in. Moreover, until 1914, he almost entirely devoted himself exclusively to sculpture. In Paris, Modigliani met and became friends with many Bohemians, including Maurice Utrillo, Pablo Picasso and Ludwig Megarom.

His work is periodically reviewed of references to art from the Renaissance period, as well as the undeniable influence of African traditions in art. Modigliani has always stood apart from all recognizable fashion trends, his work is a true phenomenon in the history of art. Sorry, about the artist’s life, there is not much documentary evidence and stories that can be 100% trusted. During the life of the master did not understand and did not appreciate, the picture is not sold. But after his death in 1920 from meningitis triggered by tuberculosis, the world has realized that it has lost a genius. If he can see it, you would have appreciated the irony. Paintings, when his life not brought him even a piece of bread, at the beginning of the XXI century went under the hammer for fabulous sums, which amounted to tens of millions of dollars. Indeed, to become great, you have to die in poverty and obscurity.

Modigliani’s sculptures have a lot in common with the African, but in no way are not simple copies. It’s a reimagining of a particular ethnic style imposed on contemporary realities. The faces of his statues is simple and very stylized, they retain a surprising personality.

Paintings Modigliani usually attributed to expressionism, but in his work nothing can be interpreted unambiguously. He’s one of the first to introduce emotion into the pictures of naked female bodies Nude. They have both the eroticism and the sex appeal, but not abstract, but completely real, ordinary. In the paintings of Modigliani depicted is not perfect beauty, but real women with bodies deprived of their perfection, and attractive. These paintings were perceived as the pinnacle of creativity of the artist, his unique achievement.