Modigliani Art Essay by Master Researcher

Modigliani Art
This paper examines an unusual painting by Amadeo Modigliani; "Standing Nude with Arms Crossed."
# 84858 | 1,125 words | 1 source | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Art (Artists)

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The paper explains how Modigliani is usually thought of in relation to a short, brilliant, avant garde life of much turbulence. The paper shows, however, that his unique 1911 painting, "Standing Nude with Arms Crossed" shows his deep interest in cultural transmission across Asia and beyond. The paper explains that Indochina in the 1890s was annexed by France and the artist seems to have taken interest in Angkor and its Greek, Buddhist, Hindu and other Indian influences. The paper discusses that the figure also reminds of an African fetish style but the details mainly point to the Buddhist temple art in Indochina and its varied roots.

From the Paper:

"Amedeo Modigliani's "Standing Nude with Cross Arms" was part of a recent Modigliani exhibit to arrive at the Art Gallery of Ontario. (2004-2005) This work of oil on cardboard in its geometric, fetishist and strongly non-Western style prompted reading on what could be learned of its inspiration. The piece is part of the collection of Japan's Nagoya City Art Museum. It can appear as far from anything Japanese, as from the Italian heritage of the artist. In effect, learning about this curious and striking painting was an exercise in learning about a most unusual artist."

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