Thursday, February 23, 2012

Modigliani, Amedeo

Marie fille du peuple
Huile sur toile
62 x 50 cm
Bâle, Kunstmuseum, Suisse

Amedeo Clemente Modigliani (1884 – 1920) was an Italian painter and sculptor who worked mainly in France.

Today, he is known for his paintings and sculptures in a modern style characterized by mask-like faces and elongation of form but during his brief career few apart from his fellow artists were aware of his gifts.

He met the first serious love of his life, Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, when he was 26. Anna was tall with dark hair, pale skin and grey-green eyes, she embodied Modigliani's aesthetic ideal and the pair became engrossed in each other, although in later years they became apart.

He died at the age of 35 in Paris of tubercular meningitis, exacerbated by poverty, overwork and addiction to alcohol and narcotics.