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Modigliani is best known for the works created in Paris between and - portraits, in which a few telling details achieve a striking likeness, and nudes. His celebrated series of nude reclining women, begun incontinues the tradition of depictions of Venuses from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century, but with one significant difference: the eroticism of the earlier figures is always couched in a mythological or anecdotal context, whereas Modigliani dispenses with this pretext. Consequently, his women appear unabashedly frank and provocative.
However, during his brief and turbulent life, he developed a unique and instantly recognizable visual language. His emotionally intense portraits and seductive nudes have received a deserved appreciation only after his death, now being among the most-loved paintings of the 20th century. Bringing together a dazzling range of his iconic portraits, sculptures and the largest ever group of nudes to be shown in this country, it will include almost worksreevaluating this familiar figure and providing a fresh look into his groundbreaking practice.
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Their effects are subtly involving, whether he used paint thick or thin or worked in stone, but they are often lost in reproduction. Yet this is only one of several reasons why the comprehensive exhibition of his work at Tate Modern brilliantly succeeds in reinvigorating his reputation. Another is the replacement of the mythology around his short life he died in at the age of 35 with a more embedded understanding of his involvement with creative networks and the visual culture of the day.
First of all from the point of view of its aesthetic reality and then not just from its development and the mastery of its creation but from the standpoint of what has moved and agitated its creator. A central participant in the Ecole de Paris, Modigliani modernized two of the enduring themes of art history: the portrait and the nude. Characterized by a sense of melancholy, elongated proportions, and mask-like faces influenced by such sources as Constantin Brancusi and African art, Modigliani's portraits are both specific and highly stylized, each uniquely revealing its sitter's inner life, while at the same time unmistakably "Modiglianized," to use the words of one critic.
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