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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Modigliani, Amedeo


Young Redhead in an Evening Dress
1918
 Oil on canvas
Barnes Foundation, Merion, PA

Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani (1884 - 1920)
He developed a unique style.
Today his graceful portraits and lush nudes at once evoke his name, but during his brief career few apart from his fellow artists were aware of his gifts.
Modigliani had to struggle against poverty and chronic ill health, dying of tuberculosis and excesses of drink and drugs at the age of 35.