Arts Everyday Living: Through the Eyes of Modigliani—A Double Vision







With one eye you are looking at the outside world, while with the other you are looking within yourself.

Attributed to Amedeo Modigliani


(Note: this week’s blogs will be spotlighting artists featured in the exhibition Gauguin to Picasso at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. through January 10, 2016).


Amedeo Modigliani, Madame Reynouard, 1916, oil on canvas, Private Collection

Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1918), like Vincent van Gogh, has been immortalized by posterity not only for his distinctive style, but for a dramatic and turbulent life. Born and raised in Livorno, Italy, Modigliani spent his most productive years in Paris, while battling tuberculosis as well as drug and alcohol addiction. Among the artist’s greatest accomplishments are his numerous portraits of a diversity of subjects, ranging from future art luminaries such as  Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau, to neighborhood children, to provocative women like Madame Reynouard above whose background remains a mystery.

Was she one of Modigliani’s mistresses or lovers?


For another look at Modigliani as a portraitist, click:

Portrait of Jean Cocteau

The above image is used solely for educational purposes.

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