Modigliani: A Life

Modigliani A Life In at the age of thirty five Amedeo Modigliani died in poverty and neglect in Paris much like a figure out of La Boheme His life had been as dramatic as his death An Italian Jew from a bourgeo

  • Title: Modigliani: A Life
  • Author: Jeffrey Meyers
  • ISBN: 9780151011780
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1920, at the age of thirty five, Amedeo Modigliani died in poverty and neglect in Paris, much like a figure out of La Boheme His life had been as dramatic as his death An Italian Jew from a bourgeois family, Modi had a weakness for drink, hashish, and the many women including the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova who were drawn to his good looks His friends included PicaIn 1920, at the age of thirty five, Amedeo Modigliani died in poverty and neglect in Paris, much like a figure out of La Boheme His life had been as dramatic as his death An Italian Jew from a bourgeois family, Modi had a weakness for drink, hashish, and the many women including the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova who were drawn to his good looks His friends included Picasso, Utrillo, Soutine, and other important artists of his day, yet his own work stood apart, generating little interest while he lived Today s art world, however, acknowledges him as a master whose limited oeuvre sculptures, portraits, and some of the most appealing nudes in the whole of modern art cannot satisfy collectors demand.With a lively but judicious hand, biographer Jeffrey Meyers sketches Modigliani and the art he produced, illuminating not only this little known figure but also the painters, writers, lovers, and others who inhabited early twentieth century Paris with him.

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    1. ”One has to pay dearly for immortality: one has to die several times while still alive.”---NietzscheSelf-Portrait 1919And die he did from a thousand cuts of disappointments. From the moment he left his home town of Livorno, Italy, to move to Paris, he had found the only place he was supposed to be.The world took too long to find him. Thora Klinckowstrom modeled for him in 1919. Modi was near death at that point in time, less than a year away from his ultimate demise, but her description give [...]

    2. This is a story of the Paris art scene at the turn of the century with Modigliani as its leading character. It is begins with solid biographical material on his childhood and ends with a strong report on his death and aftermath. It is a short book, so it is significant that 2-3 pages are spent on each of his artist and romantic friends and that there are pages and pages describing works that do not appear in the book. There is nothing glamorous about these starving artists in Paris. The hand to [...]

    3. If you ever had romantic notions of Parisian bohemia a century ago read this book. It will break you of such notions. Bohemia was only romantic if you could escape from it. If you could not escape the poverty, the place was a killer. I recommend this book to all those who aspire to be artisticly poor.

    4. Didn't seem to have enough material for a whole book. Alot of extraneous stuff about other happenings at the time that seemed to be there only to puff up the book.

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