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Modigliani: A Lifeby Meryle Secrest
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From the acclaimed biographer of Bernard Berenson, Salvador Dalí, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Stephen Sondheim, admired for her sensitivity, versatility, and eloquence—a new full-scale biography of the celebrated modernist painter and sculptor that brings to life the seemingly shy, delicate man behind the romantic myth.
Amedeo Modigliani was considered the quintessential bohemian artist—his legend almost as infamous as Van Gogh’s.
In this major new biography Meryle Secrest writes about his upbringing as a Sephardic Jew from an impoverished genteel Italian family; his move to Paris to make his fortune; his striking good looks . . . his training as an artist, learning everything from painting, drawing, and sculpture to nude studies and landscapes; his influences and his long-kept secret illness of tuberculosis and the crucial ways it affected his life and work.
Here is Modigliani, the man and the artist, his life in the streets, and the Paris in which he lived, a city of boundless opportunity; and the world of art and artists then in the passionate embrace of aesthetic revolution.
Book News Annotation:
Known for her many biographies, Secrest had the opportunity to draw on letters, diaries, and photographs previously unseen to prepare this engaging treatment of Modigliani (1884-1920), who, in the course of his short bohemian life created an extraordinary artistic legacy. Numerous b&w photos and a section of color plates support the text. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Meryle Secrest was born and educated in Bath, England, and lives in Washington, D.C. She is the author of ten biographies and is the recipient of the 2006 National Humanities Medal.
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