An Artist: painting the Natural Beauty of females.
The library people are very good people. They know the value of the things they are dealing in, the reading stuffs. They also care about the things, in proportion to their respective values; thus the newspapers are kept wide open on a front table, accessible to all those who can read and run away. But they store the books of values on the highest altars of library where only a person with adequate height could have some inroads. Once I had found a nicely bound and rarely opened book from one of those alters. That was a book about paintings of Modigliani; it was my first encounter with an artist of such a big height.
The Artist: The Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani (1884 to 1920) had two things in the fullest intensity: one was the art of painting and another was his poverty. Both played vital roles in his short life and the artistic career. The contemporary painters like Toulouse-Lautrec, Georges Rouault, Paul Cezanne and Pablo Picasso were his favourite and had influenced his art.
The Style: Every artist suffers from one incurable disease: a passion for doing something unique. Modigliani also suffered from the same disease. Artists do put their signatures on paintings. But Modigliani used the whole frame as his signature. You would recognize his paintings at first sight. Deliberate distortion of the figures, large spaces, and the free use of flat areas of colour: these were the characteristics of Modigliani’s paintings.
The Art: Modigliani’s paintings of the females had captivating arrangement of curvy lines and flat planes. He had executed in his female in a striking idealization of feminine flavour.
His occasional brushes with sculpture, due to his friendship with Constantine Brancusi, helped him to infuse in paintings the aspects like strong linear rhythms, simple stretched out forms, and notable verticality.