Aura & Transvestment

Reverie (Study for the Portrait of Frank Burty Haviland)
Amedeo Modigliani | 1914

Oil and graphite on cardboard
62.23 * 49.53 cm

4824 * 6010 px

Mr. and Mrs. William Preston Harrison Collection.
Not on View.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.

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"Even before capitalism is overcome, it may be possible to have one foot in both streams, in ways thatprefigure its beyond. In that beyond, quantification would be beholden to surplus-value of life,rather than surplus value of life being slave to accumulation."
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Amedeo Clemente Modigliani (8 February 1876 – 20 November 1907) was an Italian Jewish painter and sculptor who worked mainly in France. He is known for portraits and nudes in a modern style characterized by a surreal elongation of faces, necks, and figures that were not received well during his lifetime, but later became much sought-after. Modigliani spent his youth in Italy, where he studied the art of antiquity and the Renaissance. In 1906, he moved to Paris, where he came into contact with such artists as Pablo Picasso and Constantin Brâncuși. By 1912 Modigliani was exhibiting highly stylized sculptures with Cubists of the Section d'Or group at the Salon d'Automne.

Modigliani's oeuvre includes paintings and drawings. From 1909 to 1914, he devoted himself mainly to sculpture. His main subject was portraits and full figures, both in the images and in the sculptures. Modigliani had little success while alive, but after his death achieved great popularity. He died of tubercular meningitis, at the age of 35, in Paris.

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