Faces of Amedeo Modigliani

The Faces of Amedeo Modigliani

Tête By Modigliani

Tête By Modigliani

Amedeo Modigliani was an Italian painter and sculptor. Modigliani led a short life with great artistic output. He considered himself a sculptor foremost and painter secondary.

However, towards the end of his life Modigliani painted exclusively. His move away from painting was fueled by failing health and decreasing supplies from the outbreak of World War I.

Posthumously, Modigliani’s sculpture  Tête, is the fifth highest grossing sculpture of all time. Modigliani was highly motivated and produced many pieces. Most of which he destroyed himself, considering the work inferior.

His infamous portraits and nudes are characterized by long faces and elongated necks. Modigliani’s subjects were mostly women. Of the few male portraits Modigliani painted, one was of the famous painter Pablo Picasso. Other subjects painted and sculpted by Modigliani include his lovers and friends.

Karyiatid Female Nude Statue Inspired by Modigliani

Karyiatid Female Nude Statue Inspired by Modigliani

Modigliani’s nude artwork was highly controversial at the time. In Paris, his only solo art showing, was temporarily shut down upon opening. He was forced to remove the nude artwork from the gallery’s street front window to reopen the gallery.

Modigliani’s fascination with the classical African and Etruscan artwork, passion for sculpture and distinct style transcend into his artwork. All of these factors make it difficult to pinpoint Modigliani into one genre among his peers.

We are proud to carry many reproductions of Modigliani’s sculptures and paintings. Head on over to our website to view our fine gallery of Modigliani sculptures.

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by Erica Mann Jong


Relaxing Cubist

Relaxing Cubist

Cement up to the neck

& my head packed

with unsaid words.

A gullet full of pebbles,

a mouth of cast concrete–

I am stuck

in a lovelessness so thick,

it seems my natural element.

My mouth closes

on stones.




Hand frozen to my chin,

my back a question mark,

my heart soldered

to its arteries,

my feet planted

in grass that cannot grow,

The Thinker ponders

ten more years of this:

a woman

living the life

of a statue.


Break free!

Melt the metal



in love’s cauldron,

open doors, eyes, heart,

those frozen ventricles,

those stuck tongues,

those stuttering dependencies.


When the statue walks,

will the world dissolve?

When she shakes her shoulder,

will the sky shrug

& skitter off in space?


Or will the clouds cluster

to cover her,

& the blue wind gather

at her shoulders

& the men streak by

like jet trails in the air,

utterly ephemeral?