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Head Painting by Amedo Modigalini

Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini - Head
Head. c. 1911-13. Limestone. 63.5 x 15.1 x 21 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, USA.

Head – Stone

This sculpture is a perfect blend of Modigliani’s expertise in tribal art and African art. Though Modigliani’s interest in sculpture was kindled by the sculptor Brancusi, he continued his personal idiom distinguished by strong linear rhythms, simple elongated forms and verticality.

The monumental style of this carving is also influenced by ‘Cubism’, heralded by two fellow-artists of Modigliani – Picasso and Braque. The sculpting part of Modigliani’s career was between 1909 and 1914. Approximately twenty five stone carvings and one wood carving by Modigliani still exist.

In his sculpture, Modigliani tried to capture the raw, primitive and mysterious power of African masks as well as the beatific smiles of Cambodian and Khmer heads. In their hardness, his sculpture represents a conscious attempt to get away from the soft modeled surfaces of Rodin’s sculpture. They are also part of a modernist trend towards “direct carving”, i.e. works that are simple and is directly carved by the sculptor, instead of being part of an elaborate process involving many assistants and a foundry.

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