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Painting by Amedo Modigalini


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Stone Head. 1911/12. Limestone. 71.1 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Stone – Head

At a young age, Modigliani went to the marble quarries in Carrere to learn the skills of sculpting. Later he became fascinated by the traditional sculptures of Africa and Oceania. These influences are instantly recognizable in the “Head” carved from “Stone.” It is also a sanctuary sculpture and its shape is determined by the perfect vertical lines. It has a meditative and sacred appearance and in this respect, it has links with the artist’s Hebrew background.

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 contemporary artists of Modigliani – Picasso and Braque. Modigliani’s sculpture phase was during the period 1909 – 1914. Approximately twenty five stone carvings and one wood carving by Modigliani still exist.

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