Some of Modigliani’s Most Seductive Portraits Were Once Censored by Police—See Them Here
Tate Modern has assembled the largest group of Modigliani nudes ever united in the UK.
Tate Modern, London
Until April 2, 2018
What the Institution Says: “During his brief and turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognizable pictorial style. Though meeting little success during their time, his emotionally intense portraits and seductive nudes are now among the best-loved paintings of the 20th century. Modigliani’s nudes are a highlight of the exhibition—with 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. These sensuous works proved controversial when they were first shown in 1917, leading police to censor his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency.”
Why It’s Worth a Look: The Italian artist, who spent many of his most productive years in Paris, died at the young age of 35. He left behind a body of unforgettable portraiture. But while you may come to the show for the paintings, you’ll stay for Modigliani’s lesser-known sculptures. Tate Modern has dedicated an entire room to nine sculptural works. The elegant, elongated heads were inspired by the work of the artist’s close friend Brancusi, as well as by African masks and other non-Western artifacts.
What It Looks Like:
“Modigliani” is on view until April 2, 2018 at the Tate Modern at Bankside, London SE1 9TG.
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