In 1920, at the age of just 35, Amedeo Modigliani - serial lover, alcoholic, drug addict, and TB sufferer - died in squalor in Paris. His life had been as dramatic as his death. An Italian Jew from a bourgeois family, "Modi" had a weakness for drink, hashish, and the many women who were drawn to his good looks. Modigliani knew everyone yet refused to join any of the headline-grabbing movements, developing, instead, an intensely idiosyncratic vision that interested nearly no one. Meyers explicitly describes the squalor Modigliani fantastically endured, dispelling romantic notions about starving artists and starkly exposing a cruel paradox - the wretchedness of Modigliani's life versus the transcendent beauty of his art.
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PRAISE FOR "IMPRESSIONIST QUARTET""[Meyers] brilliantly interweaves complex issues of personal relationship, artistic creativity, critical reception, historical events, and widely divergent social and economic backgrounds. [He] remains a master of illuminating detail, but never sacrifices his quest for vivid personal and artistic characterization."--Marvin Eisenberg, professor emeritus of history of art, University of MichiganAbout the Author:
Jeffrey Meyers, "the Joyce Carol Oates" of biographers (Book List), has concentrated on literary lives, and now turns to artists.
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Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0151011788
Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: In 1920, at the age of thirty-five, Amedeo Modigliani died in poverty and neglect in Paris, much like a figure out of La Boh'eme. His life had been as dramatic as his death. An Italian Jew from a bourgeois family, "Modi" had a weakness for drink, hashish, and the many women-including the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova-who were drawn to his good looks. His friends included Picasso, Utrillo, Soutine, and other important artists of his day, yet his own work stood apart, generating little interest while he lived. Today's art world, however, acknowledges him as a master whose limited oeuvre-sculptures, portraits, and some of the most appealing nudes in the whole of modern art-cannot satisfy collectors' demand. With a lively but judicious hand, biographer Jeffrey Meyers sketches Modigliani and the art he produced, illuminating not only this little-known figure but also the painters, writers, lovers, and others who inhabited early twentieth-century Paris with him. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0151011788
Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0151011788
Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110151011788
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