Few men have embodied the romantic myth of the brilliant and unconventional artist like Modigliani. “Modì” was the artist tortured by a life of debauchery, the striking ‘dandy’ who had countless romances, the misunderstood genius who drowned out the world in wine and absinthe: his history is short, but intense, dramatic and memorable.
A rich and carefully curated selection of works from the Pompidou Center in Paris will be on display in Pisa’s impressive Palazzo Blu. These will hang alongside the magnificent masterpieces from some major collections — public and private, Italian and international, recreating the cultural atmosphere in which Modigliani worked.
It is in the Paris of the avant-garde and the Fauves — and among friends like Marc Chagall, Max Jacob, Georges Braque, and Jean Cocteau — that the tortured artist and tombeur de femmes developed his poetic aesthetic, strongly influenced by Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec and Cézanne.