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Modigliani : a life

Author: Meryle Secrest; Amedeo Modigliani
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Amedeo Modigliani was considered to be the quintessential bohemian artist, his legend almost as infamous as Van Gogh's. In his time, his work was seen as an oddity, a link between such portraitists as Whistler and Sargent and the modernist approaches of Gauguin and Picasso. In this major new biography, Meryle Secrest gives us a fully realized portrait of one of the twentieth century's master painters and sculptors:  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Amedeo Modigliani; Amedeo Modigliani; Amedeo Modigliani
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Meryle Secrest; Amedeo Modigliani
ISBN: 9780307263681 0307263681
OCLC Number: 641520523
Notes: "A Borzoi book."
Description: xxiii, 387 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The problem --
The clues --
"Dedo" --
The blood-red banner --
The perfect line --
La vie de Bohème --
The serpent's skin --
"What I am searching for" --
Maldoror --
Beatrice --
"A stony silence" --
"Nenette" --
"Life is a gift" --
The cult of the secret --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Meryle Secrest.

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Amedeo Modigliani was considered to be the quintessential bohemian artist, his legend almost as infamous as Van Gogh's. In his time, his work was seen as an oddity, a link between such portraitists as Whistler and Sargent and the modernist approaches of Gauguin and Picasso. In this major new biography, Meryle Secrest gives us a fully realized portrait of one of the twentieth century's master painters and sculptors: his upbringing, a Sephardic Jew from an impoverished but genteel Italian family; his going to Paris to make his fortune; his striking good looks; his training as an artist--and his influences: the Italian Renaissance, particularly Botticelli; Nietzsche's theories of the artist as Übermensch; the Romanian sculptor Brancusi; and the primitive sculptures of Africa and Oceania with their simplified, masklike faces. We see how his secret illness--tuberculosis--affected his work and his fatalistic attitude toward life, and how he used alcohol and opium to hide the symptoms and thus came to be seen as a dissolute alcoholic. And throughout, we see the Paris that Modigliani lived in, a city in dynamic flux where art was still a noble cause in a transforming revolution.--From publisher description.

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