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Modigliani & the artists of Montparnasse
Wayne, Kenneth.
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New York ; London : Harry N. Abrams, 2002.
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224 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
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Famous for his elongated forms, graceful portraits and lush nudes, Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) is among the most loved of the extraordinary group of international artists who lived in Montparnasse in the early 20th century. Accompanying the first major Modigliani exhibition in the US in over 40 years, the book moves beyond the romantic myths that have sprung up around the artist's tragically brief life, aiming to provide a fuller, richer understanding of his art as well as the role of Montparnasse in the development of modern art.

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Booklist Review

There hasn't been a major American touring retrospective exhibition of the works of Amedeo Modigliani (1884^-1920), the Italian-born artist who lived in Paris from 1906 until his death, in more than 40 years. Wayne, a curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, the source of the exhibit, presents a timeless catalog that showcases 41 paintings, 9 sculptures, and 14 works on paper, and commentary that suggests Modigliani has incorrectly been seen as a romantic figure who died unrecognized and tragically young. In three meticulously documented essays, Wayne demonstrates Modigliani was, in fact, taken seriously by the top artists and intellectuals in the Parisian expatriate art community of his day. He documents 18 showings of Modigliani's work, including one solo show; quotes favorable reviews; and describes collectors who purchased Modigliani's work. Wayne's discoveries will change our view of Modigliani, and make this an indispensable volume. --Victor Cassidy

Library Journal Review

Presented as an exhibition catalog accompanying the exhibition of the same name to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Kimbell Art Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, this handsome volume is arguably the most comprehensive title available on the artist. The book explores Modigliani's relationships with peers (such as Archipenko, de Chirico, Brancusi, Leger, Picasso, and Rivera) as well his relation with the Paris neighborhood. Essays by curators are flawlessly researched and approachable, and the simple, full-page color presentation of the paintings and sculpture make this a complete reference for one of the most important periods in modern art. The ephemera from early exhibitions and rare black-and-white snapshots will fascinate experts and students alike, as will a bonus excerpt from a surrealist novella (long considered lost) by Modigliani's lover and model, Beatrice Hastings. Highly recommended for all libraries.-Douglas McClemont, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

During the years preceding WW I, Montparnasse replaced Montmartre as the center of Bohemian culture in Paris. Wayne (curator, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo) brings renewed attention to both Montparnasse and Modigliani (1884-1920) in this superb exhibition catalog. Wayne moves well beyond the romantic myth of Modigliani by examining the critical response to work exhibited during the artist's lifetime. This handsomely designed catalog, its well-written essays, and its excellent reproductions contribute to the scholarly study of criticism and exhibitions of modern art. Modigliani's Montparnasse was an international community of artists: Archipenko, Balla, Brancusi, Chagall, de Chirico, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Duchamp-Villon, Epstein, Gaudier-Brzeska, Laurens, Leger, Lipchitz, Matisse, Nadelman, Orloff, Pascin, Picasso, Rivera, Rousseau, and Soutine are all represented here. Situated among his cohorts in this way, Modigliani's achievement stands out more clearly than it has in years. A balanced selection of sculpture, drawings, and paintings effectively frames the diversity and continuity of his work. Chronology, exhibition lists, bibliography, and excerpts from a previously unpublished novella round out the book. Researchers at all levels will find this volume a useful contribution to studies of Modigliani, Montparnasse, and modernism. All levels. J. E. Housefield Southwest Texas State University