by Carlo Valentini Print book : Fiction
elvira racconta modigliani   (2013-01-28)
Montmartre with its Grand Café, Elvira is welcomed by the silhouette of the Moulin Rouge and its couples kissing openly. Her poor and dissolute past would have made staying in Marseille impossible.
On arrival in Paris, she would become the female symbol of a provocative, creative and exiting new era: the avant-garde.
With her eyes, “a deep brown verging on black: bright, expressive, provocative”, she would even succeed in embarrassing Amedeo Modigliani, an eccentric and refined Italian who was restless, penniless and a great seducer.
Elvira, “ready for adventure, thirsty for knowledge, lover of life without modesty, joyful in adversity”, would become his muse, his model, his partner – sharing the deepest sense of life.
In March 1917, Modigliani would experience a new artistic Springtime. His paintings would become sweeter in their tones and a fresh light that would illuminate the nude paintings of Jeanne, his new partner. But the bond between Elvira and Amedeo would never break: “it is impossible for me to leave my muse, we will always look for each other”, he said.
Shortly before he died, the artist would paint her, now a mature woman, but with a childlike expression, in one of his most chaste nudes; “a loving tribute to his Elvira which came from the depth of his soul”.
In a life filled with burning passions and whirlwind romances, it was only with her that he found a shared zest for life. Being and doing ruled supreme over the confines of rational thought.
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