Monday, March 19, 2012

Lonely Nights without Modi, Inspired by Modigliani by k Madison Moore

Lonely Nights without Modi
Inspired by Modigliani


Painting with The Masters
Art within Art Series

11 x 14 Oil Painting on Canvas

I never get tired of designing compositions 
after Modigliani and Jeanne. I have to say I think
this is still my favorite movie, although a very
sad love story.
If you haven't seen the movie, you should
(starring Andy Garcia)
Enjoy,  "Lonely Nights without Modi"

Jeanne Hébuterne, the shy student who would become painter and sculptor Amedeo 
Modigliani’s final muse, was born in Paris in April 1898. Jeanne’s brother, Andre, was also an aspiring painter and through him Jeanne was introduced to the Montparnasse community of Bohemians, which included Diego Rivera and Pablo Picasso, among many others.

Jeanne’s swan-necked, delicate beauty complemented Modigliani’s elongated style of painting and she posed for several works, including Portrait of a Woman In Large Hat and Jeanne Hébuterne, Sitting. In late 1918, the couple moved to Nice to escape Paris during wartime, and Modigliani also had hopes of making sales to patrons who frequented the Riviera. Their daughter Jeanne was born that winter before their ultimate return to the city following the Armistice.

Unfortunately, the fear of consumptive death that had shadowed Modigliani soon came to pass, and in January 1920 he became ill with tubercular meningitis. While watching the love of her life waste away, Jeanne, then eight months pregnant, sketched visions of her own suicide. Modigliani was said to have bound a gold cord from a package around their wrists shortly before he died, symbolizing the union they had never formalized. Upon his death on January 24 at the age of 35, Jeanne was of course devastated. Her parents and brother took her back to the family home, and it was there that she jumped out of a fifth floor window. She was killed instantly, along with her unborn child.

Modi and Jeanne


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