Head. Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini
Modigliani was encouraged to sculpt by the sculptor Constantin Brancusi.
Modigliani developed his own distinctive style. The elongated forms and
simple linear features – eclectically borrowed from African and
Oceanic tribal masks, medieval carving and classic sculpture – show
how for Modigliani the primitive could be decisively modern. This “Head”
is described as an example of perfect resolution in his work, combining
sacredness with spirituality.
According to art historian Gerhard Kolberg, Modigliani’s sculpture
fluctuates “between a high ideal and sculptural goal and primitive
to archaic execution.” He was able to impart a stylistic unity to
his sculptures. Each “Head” can immediately be recognized
as chiseled by Modigliani.
Approximately twenty five stone sculptures and a wood carving by Modigliani
still exist. The art criticism is of different opinion regarding the stylistic
development and dating of the sculptures. The one point that is agreed
upon is that Modigliani’s sculpture phase lasted from 1909 to 1914.
Modigliani had to give up the art of sculpting due to unaffordable expenses
as well as ill-health.
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