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The Modigliani legend passed through X-rays


REPORT - The LaM of Lille Métropole, rich in the heritage of the patron of modern art Roger Dutilleul, is the perfect place to conduct the investigation. The most advanced methods reveal another face of the "accursed painter", inventive, precise, demanding, hardly resting on his laurels.

Modigliani, beautiful as a cliché?

“Modigliani alone sums up the Parisian bohemia of his time.

His complex and contradictory personality creates a halo of a poisonous aura, which arouses counter-poisons in turn carrying illusions, ”

warns Thierry Dufrêne, professor of contemporary art history at Paris Nanterre, in the monograph in form of painting published by Citadelles & Mazenod for the centenary of his death in 2020. The artist was 35 years old.

The overly generous legend shows him, to his thirst,

“like a frenzied character, drunk on alcohol and hashish”


A golden legend which transforms the son of a modest broker from Livorno into

"the son of a banker",

who sees in his

"famous light brown velvet suit"

, not his favorite color but the

"outfit of a worker worn like a prince

", or the fall of bourgeois chic in the throes of bohemia.

In short, through redemption through art, the aura of a man fallen by a life of excess, the revenge of

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Source: lefigaro

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