At a Glance
Who are some of the most important artists of Parisian modernism? And what are the threads that run through the work of those artists? Let’s explore these questions and unpack why the School of Paris is so universally beloved through four stand-alone lectures — each focused on one of the kingpins of modernist art. Experience Cezanne, Matisse, Modigliani and Chagall while learning what makes the most innovative late-19th and early-20th century French art so extraordinary. This lecture will focus on Amedeo Modigliani, who is among the most mythologized artists in the canon. Inspired by his love of poetry, his portraits are direct and honest, cutting through to the marrow of his sitters. With his iconic images of female nudes, he dared to show women unapologetically as agents of their own bodies and sexualities. His sculptures similarly pushed the envelope, stylistically merging Parisian modernism with African-inspired iconographies. From his groundbreaking work to his early death at the age of 35, discover why Modigliani’s life and work is indeed the stuff of legend.