Painting by Amedo
Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini
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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