Reclining Nude. 1 Painting
by Amedo Modigalini
Reclining Nude – 3
Modigliani’s art is famous for his nude paintings. His graceful figurative distortions and large flat areas of color were strongly influenced by Cezanne.
Modigliani painted a series about thirty nudes in either sitting or reclining pose. “Reclining Nude – 3” is one among that series of nude paintings.
The figure’s gaze is cast directly at the viewer, as the artist has framed the model as an object of possession and desire. Unlike Modigliani’s vast repertory of portraits of friends and lovers, the nude generally depicts unknown model.
Modigliani’s nude in this painting looks charming. Modigliani’s nude is to raw sexuality, what Rousseau’s palm-court jungles were to nature, red in tooth and claw.
In Paris, Modigliani could find the exquisite mixture of the very new art forms such as Cubism and sculpture of Constantin Brancusi, the old and sanctified like the Louvre and the colonial exotic like the collections of African and Cambodian arts. In Modigliani’s art, these influences were layered on top of his inherited Italian culture, the graceful sway-backed drawing of Botticelli and the nudes of Titan and Giorgione. Thus Modigliani’s work was a languid, tremendously attractive amalgam of old and new.
“Reclining Nude” of Modigliani was one of several in a collection
of 19th and 20th century American and European masterpieces displayed
at a gallery in the former Desert Inn Resort, New York, where Wynn is
building a new casino hotel. The New York Times quoted experts saying
Wynn had paid nearly 10 million USD for this painting, when he bought
it privately in the mid-1980s.
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