Amedeo Modigliani

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Amedeo Modigliani: A Master Of The Nude Paintings

Amedeo Modigliani was the youngest child born into a Jewish family on 12 July 1884. He was introduced to poetry, literature, philosophy from a very young age. As a child, he suffered from pleurisy and typhus, which never allowed him to take a conventional education. 

In August 1898, the artist started taking drawing lessons, and he wanted to do it for a long time. He was known for the two most enduring themes of art history: nude and portrait. Portraits by Modigliani were uniquely revealing its sitter's deep thoughts. The audiences loved Modigliani's nudes to depict unadorned sexuality, frankness, and pubic hair. Modigliani could have achieved so much in his life, but fragile health affected his career. Still, his art gifts will always be cherished.

Early life

To upend the tradition of the nude, Modigliani played a big role. His artwork in this genre is a big matter of discussion due to the presence of mythological figures. Due to this, his nudes also faced criticism. His artworks were a unique combination of generalization and specificity. The portraits reflected the subject's personalities, long necks, almond-shaped eyes, and a historical record for vital arts. The Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi's work highly influenced Modigliani's creativity. In the early part of his career, Modigliani focused on sculpture.

Famous artworks

  • The Jewess- it is the first painting of Amedeo. And it was sold after being displayed in 1906. Paul Alexandre purchased it.
  • Head- the marble work of Brancusi inspired this painting. 
  • Portrait of Pablo Picasso- it remains one of the best artwork by Amedeo. Initially, the artist has mixed feelings about this artwork.
  • Jacques and Berthe Lipchitz- this is a portrait of Jacques and his wife. This painting highlights Amedeo's talent for eliciting the inner life of the subjects.
  • Standing Blonde Nude with Dropped Chemise- it is one of the most famous nude artwork by Amedeo

The artist suffered for nearly two decades and died after a long battle with tuberculosis at the age of 35 in 1920.