Modigliani - A Life
An enigma, a tortured artist, the handsome Amedeo
Modigliani lived the high life and died in 1920, at the age of
thirty-five, in poverty and neglect in the City of Lights. He was
an Italian Jew from a bourgeois family. It was the tuberculosis he
contracted at 16 which ultimately led to his death.
“Modigliani: A Life” by Jeffrey Meyers (Harcourt,
$27.00, 288 pages) is an important book about a man who died too soon,
too ravaged, a man who wasted so many of his God-given gifts.
He was known as "Modi," to friends, quite a few of whom
lived the rowdy and careless life and times with him. Modigliani’s life
and paintings thrived on chaos. And although Meyers in a skilled
biographer and the book is highly recommended – there are touches of chaos
in the writing throughout as he attempts to weave too many strands into
the tapestry of this tragic artist together.
Ironically and sadly, the art world today looks upon
Modigliani and his works with much favor; unfortunately when he lived
Modigliani was an artist who labored in obscurity.
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About the Authors: Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband
team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional
scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories
It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in
America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in
Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.
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