This exhibition catalogue for a show at The Jewish Museum in New York is an illuminating study of Amedeo Modigliani's early drawings and how they reflect the artist's conception of identity. One of the great artists of the 20th century, Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) is celebrated for revolutionising modern portraiture, particularly in his later paintings and sculpture. Modigliani Unmasked examines the artist's rarely seen early works on paper, offering revelatory insights into his artistic sensibilities and concerns as he developed his signature style of graceful, elongated figures. An Italian Sephardic Jew working in turn-of-the-century Paris, Modigliani embraced his status as an outsider, and his early drawings show a marked awareness of the role of ethnicity and race within society.
Lavishly illustrated with the artist's paintings and over one hundred drawings collected by Dr. Paul Alexandre, Modigliani's close friend and first patron, this book provides an engaging and long overdue analysis of Modigliani's early body of work on paper.
- Author: Mason Klein, Curator at the Jewish Museum, New York
- Hardcover: 172 pages
- Date published: September 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0300225495
- Product Dimensions: 29.3 x 20.3 cm