Caryatid. Painting by
Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini
Caryatid – lime stone painting
Modigliani had transferred one lime stone block into a kneeling caryatid.
It was too heavy for the artist to cart away from the vacant place where
he carved it. His friends rescued the sculpture after his death in 1920.
It is now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Prior to his arrival in Paris, Modigliani expressed his intention to
become a sculptor. His seeing the African art works was a turning point
in this sense and he executed the “Heads” and caryatids inspired
by African masks. At Montmartre, which was the center of Parisian Art,
he met the Roman Sculptor, Constantin Brancusi, who encouraged him to
take up direct carving in stone. For about five years, he almost abandoned
painting and devoted himself to sculpture. First the used marble and then
softer ones such as sand-stone and lime-stone were carved. His aim behind
the lime-stone carving was to endow with a massive and timeless look.
Though Modigliani was too poor to afford marble or lime stone, he carved
that with grace in a precautious manner, fudging nothing. The lime-stone
caryatid – an architectural motif, female figure carrying load –
gives ideas about sculptural compression.
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