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Amedeo Modigliani

Italian, 1884–1920

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Amedeo Modigliani

Italian, 1884–1920

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Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani is celebrated for his iconic portraits, which, with often mask-like faces and striking blue-eyes, have become iconic works of the early 20th century. Inspired by Existentialist philosophy and a rejection of his bourgeois childhood, Modigliani chose not to paint landscapes, like many of his contemporaries, instead using portraiture to explore both his own psychology and that of his subjects, who were typically fellow artists or lovers. Modigliani also painted highly sexualized female nudes that at the time, were daringly erotic. His style is figurative but also highly expressive, and his subjects are shown with quirks and asymmetries, recalling the portraiture of Paul Cézanne, whose work Modigliani greatly admired. Modigliani befriended Pablo Picasso after moving to Paris in 1906, and like Picasso, he drew inspiration from art of so-called “primitive” cultures, his work often resembling African or Pre-Columbian statuary.

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High auction record
$170m, Christie's, 2015
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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 14 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 3 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Biography

Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani is celebrated for his iconic portraits, which, with often mask-like faces and striking blue-eyes, have become iconic works of the early 20th century. Inspired by Existentialist philosophy and a rejection of his bourgeois childhood, Modigliani chose not to paint landscapes, like many of his contemporaries, instead using portraiture to explore both his own psychology and that of his subjects, who were typically fellow artists or lovers. Modigliani also painted highly sexualized female nudes that at the time, were daringly erotic. His style is figurative but also highly expressive, and his subjects are shown with quirks and asymmetries, recalling the portraiture of Paul Cézanne, whose work Modigliani greatly admired. Modigliani befriended Pablo Picasso after moving to Paris in 1906, and like Picasso, he drew inspiration from art of so-called “primitive” cultures, his work often resembling African or Pre-Columbian statuary.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Auction
High auction record
$170m, Christie's, 2015
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 14 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 3 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Shows Featuring Amedeo Modigliani
Articles Featuring Amedeo Modigliani
$59-Million Cézanne Leads Resurgent Impressionist and Modern Art Sale at Christie’s
May 14th, 2019
$59-Million Cézanne Leads Resurgent Impressionist and Modern Art Sale at Christie’s
These 5,000-Year-Old Sculptures Look Shockingly Similar to Modern Art
Nov 30th, 2018
These 5,000-Year-Old Sculptures Look Shockingly Similar to Modern Art
20 Works in Major Modigliani Exhibition Confirmed to Be Forgeries
Jan 10th, 2018
20 Works in Major Modigliani Exhibition Confirmed to Be Forgeries
What’s behind Modigliani’s Trademark Portrait Style?
Aug 29th, 2017
What’s behind Modigliani’s Trademark Portrait Style?
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