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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

'Happiness is an angel with a serious face.'

sculpture, 'Head of a Woman' - 1912 and 'Blue Eyes' [portrait of Madame Jeanne Hébuterne] - 1917

While visiting Erica earlier this year I saw this art at a Marc Chagall exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art which included some work by his contemporaries, in particular Amadeo Modigliani.
'Portrait of a Polish Woman' - 1919
ABC Wednesday's letter du jour is M for Amedeo Modigliani, an Italian painter & sculptor who lived from 1884-1920. He studied in Italy but made his more famous work while in Paris in the Left Bank bohemian Montparnasse with contemporaries like Picasso and Chagall. His work is easily recognizable in the painted figures with elongated bodies and mask-like sculptures. Sadly he died at 36 from drug and alcohol abuse, and finally, tuberculosis.

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title quote by Modigliani

15 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

I've heard the name, but didn't know the work. Sad life.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Cloudia said...

angels of agonizing joy.

LIFE!



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photowannabe said...

Such a waste of life and talent. Too young to die.

Jeannelle said...

Interesting post! I have the movie, "Modigliani"...it is good, but ends very sadly.

Ms. Becky said...

Hi Noni, just stopping by to say hello, and wish you a happy week. I'm fascinated by the life and works of Modigliani. a life cut short. it seems that happens too often with artists. perhaps it's true that artists are tortured souls. but they gift us with such beauty. happy day to you.

Hildred and Charles said...

I came across Modigliani early in my awakening to artists, and somehow always associated him with the sorrow of a sad clown, but can't explain why...

Granny Smith said...

Reminds one a bit of El Greco, doesn't it! The elongated body at least.

I love to see your posts, but I too seldom comment on the posts of my first blogger friend. XOXP

Granny Smith said...

That was supposed to be XOXO! How did I hit a "P"?

Pietro said...

Noni, what a fine post on Modigliani. He is a great talent indeed, I appreciate so much his works.
Happy Wednesday!

VioletSky-Sightlines said...

His paintings always struck me as being so very melancholic, even before I knew of his sad, short, abused life.

Daryl said...

And his elongated style was due to a vision issue ..

Donna said...

What a sad ending!! Nice looking young man!
hughugs

Scriptor Senex said...

Liked your choice for the letter M - thank you.

Tumblewords: said...

Excellent choice. It causes me to wonder what he could have accomplished in his later years.

raf said...

Love your pick for ABC this week, Noni. Modigliani, a favorite since I was a young man. Thanks for the fine post.