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Modigliani: Colour Library

Modigliani: Colour Library - Douglas Hall It appears that Modigliani wanted really to be a sculptor -- but his physical aliments (pleurisy and tuberculosis) made that impossible, and so he took up painting instead. His painting style (well-known) actually grew out of his sculpture, however.

There are two-styles of sculpture: rough-hewn and finished. Consider:

Head. 1912. Stone. Perls Galleries, New York

Rosa Porprina. 1915. Oil and crayon on paper. Civica Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Milan (This is not the one I was looking for; but it is close enough).

Diego Rivera. 1914. Oil on canvas. Private collection

Here are the finished….



(Pierrot. 1915. Oil on cardboard. Statens Museum fur Kunst, Cobenhaben

Study for Portrait of Frank Haviland. 1914. Oil on cardboard. LA County Museum of Art.

Now consider 'Antonia"… and you will see how the advanced portraits developed directly out of the two sculptural styles…. with her round face, columnar neck -- and so forth

Antonia. 1915. Oil on canvas. Musée de l'Oranerie, Paris.

{{I have so far read the introduction to this book, and it is very interesting; the plates are well done, and the book is cheap.

Hall argues that Modigliani, who died of tuberculosis and alcoholism, at the age of 35, in 1920, while certainly a modernist (-- Hall refers to the cult of artistic neuroticism, with its emphasis on originality and intensity of expression --)…, that Modigliani would have been very much opposed to the Futurists (- Marinetti, of course, deified war, violence, and destruction, and rallied early to the cause of Mussolini: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filippo_Tommaso_Marinetti -)

Hall suggests two reasons for this. First, and most importantly, Modigliani retained an admiration for artistic tradition (he was steeped in Renaissance painting and in Classicism), which the Futurists wished (simply put) to blow-up. Secondly, of course, was the biographical fact that the intense young artist, since his arrival in Paris in 1906, took to introducing himself as: "Je suis Modigliani, juif".

(There is perhaps no truth in the legend, which he himself promoted, that he was descended on his mother's side from Spinoza).}}