Modigliani

May 23, 2011


At 17 Modigliani wrote  that artists had ‘different rights, different values than do normal, ordinary people because we have different needs which put us – it has to be said and you must believe it – above their moral standards.’ [This was quoted in a review, of MODIGLIANI A life by Meryle Secrest, in the NYT Review of Books] All through my young life as an artist I seemed to have fought against two stereotypes. One was the artist as an aristocrat whose position allowed him to do what he pleased. The second was as the artist as a victim, a Christ like figure who suffered for the rest of us. Ironically enough it appears that the first stereotype often evolved into the second. These alpha humans are interesting. For a while. At  workshops, in bars, at meetings of the staff of literary magazines there always seemed to be this emphasis on the ‘ego’.  Everyone has one but after one is in the company of the egocentrics for long their company becomes as distasteful as too much sugar in your diet. And I knew people like Modigliani. Sometimes they weren’t artists, but priests or lawyers. I always felt that it was not necessary to be abnormal to be an artist.  And yet… I love Modigliani’s work.

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One Response to “Modigliani”

  1. that phrase is another myth, secrest biography is full of mistakes as simple as “Picasso a catalan painter” well Picasso was from Malaga, Andalucia….
    In that book she gives the idea that her mother was lesbian, his uncle gay and he probably bisexual, crap and more crap, there is not a single way to demosntrate that points, he is admired for his work and the issue of who was in the bed of his mother is stupid and irrelevant..
    All the book seems to be a support for the catalogue raisonne of his friend Marc Restellini that in the book both say it was to be published in 2011 and the year ended and there is no book and probably will never be published (they lied…)
    you can read more at http://www.secretmodigliani.com

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