Collection: Modigliani Boccioni | Abstract

Amedeo Modigliani's work is recognized immediately for its distinctive style of portraiture, which often featured elongated and stylized face shapes. His paintings show his passion for sculpting, a craft which he had to give up in 1915 due to ill health. He was born in the Tuscan town of Livorno and received his academic education in Florence and Venice. In 1906 he established himself in the famous Montmartre area in Paris, where his talent was instantly recognized by the East European avant-garde. He had a short and eventful artistic life (1884-1920), he was extremely driven and longed for recognition. But his life was also marked by alcoholism, metaphysical fears and progressive tuberculosis. At the age of forty, Modigliani left the world an oeuvre that shows a sincere, obsessive search for truth and purity within art.

We have included a very famous Boccioni statue, Futuristic Man, in this category because this artist too had an abstract, stylized approach and worked during the same era. In contrast to Modigliani, however, Boccioni was sculpting movement. The Futuristic Man is about a dynamic stride instead of a conscious adoption of a primitive form.