Head Painting by
Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini-Head
In the year 1909, Modigliani’s patron Dr. Alexandre introduced
him to the sculptor Constantin Brancusi, who sparked Modigliani’s
interest in sculpture.
At a young age the artist went to the marble quarries in Carrere to learn
the skill of sculpting. Later he became fascinated by the traditional
sculptures of Africa and Oceania. This influence and the influence of
‘Cubism’ heralded by his two friends Picasso and Braque led
Modigliani to carve the “Head” in monumental style. The ‘Head’
is a fine example of perfect resolution in his work, combining sacredness
with spirituality. The elongated form and linear features borrowed from
African and Oceanic tribal masks, medieval carving and classical sculpture
show how for Modigliani the primitive could be modern.
“Head” is a sanctuary sculpture. Its shape is determined
by perfect vertical lines. The artist has succeeded in giving a meditative
and sacred appearance to it. Obviously this work has links with Modigliani’s
Though the friendship with Brancusi kindled Modigliani’s interest
in sculpture, he continued his very personal idiom, distinguished by strong
linear rhythms, simple elongated forms and verticality. “Head”
is the output of Modigliani’s skills in tribal art and African art.
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