Study for The Cellist Painting
by Amedo Modigalini
Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo Modigalini
-Study for The Cellist
Study for The Cellist
Modigliani concentrated in portraiture soon after he arrived in Paris.
Initially he took inspiration from the works of Cezanne, Munch and Toulose-Lautrec.
His depictions were based on psychology and character.
In later years Modigliani chose a different path. He started to blot
out contents and made his painting objective. “Study for The Cellist”
is the most popular portrait by Modigliani after he adopted the new path
In this portrait, the drawing comprises of precise contours which smoothly
flowed out of the artist’s hands. Through an artistic differentiation
of colors, he made the musician to merge into his instrument and depicted
him in a curious state of reverie.
The artist Curt Stoermer, on seeing the painting by Modigliani commented
that the picture already enjoyed a secret celebrity. He admired the extremely
subtle technique of the painting. Stoermer said that Modigliani hated
feelings and that his subsequent works were of a new stage represented
by the strongly emotional style of “The Cellist.”
Modigliani’s later paintings really exhibited his leaning towards
the general rather than the anonymous for which he reduced the narrative
and represented his subject in a virtuoso style. The artist developed
his own ideal of beauty to which he subordinated the appearance of his
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