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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