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Friday, October 28, 2011

Modigliani, Amedeo


Nu couché de dos (Reclining Nude from the Back)
1917
Oil on canvas
64.5 x 99.5 cm (25 3/8 x 39 1/8 in)
Barnes Foundation, Merion, PA
http://www.barnesfoundation.org/

While Amedeo Modigliani (Italian painter and sculptor. 1884 - 1920) usually painted images of family and friends, he used professional models during his “nude phase”, which lasted from 1916 to 1919. This painting is an image of desire and eroticism, emotions that seemed to envelop Modigliani during those brief three years.
“What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious, the mystery of the instinctive in the human race.” (Amedeo Modigliani)

When Modigliani passed away in 1920, his pregnant wife of nearly nine months was emotionally destroyed by his death. Two days after his death, she jumped out of a 5th storey window and killed herself and her unborn child.