Amedeo Modigliani Biography Is Subject Discussion at The Library of Congress

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artwork: Amedeo Modigliani - Reclining Nude (Céline Howard), 1918 - Private collection, Geneva Amedeo Modigliani was one of the most important Jewish artists of the 20th century.


Washington , DC –   Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) was considered the quintessential bohemian artist, his legend almost as infamous as Van Gogh’s. In Modigliani’s time, his work was seen as an oddity: contemporary with the Cubists but not part of their movement. In a major new biography, Meryle Secrest offers a fully realized portrait of one of the 20th century’s master painters and sculptors: his upbringing as a Sephardic Jew from an impoverished but genteel Italian family, his moving to Paris to make his fortune, his striking good looks, his training as an artist and his influences, including the Italian Renaissance.