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Head Painting by Amedo Modigalini

Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini-HeadHead. c. 1911. Limestone. Perls Galleries. New York, NY, USA.


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 Hebrew background.

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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