Last night I watched the film "Modigliani." Andy Garcia plays the lead role. It is a historically disturbing film, with actors playing notables of the early 20th century art scene in Paris: Renoir, Gertrude Stein, Picasso, Chaim Soutine, etc. Actors play them all and I did not believe any of them. This fabrication includes Picasso in his studio in 1919 with many paintings behind him which were painted in 1923. Modigliani died in 1920. Recently I have wondered much about artist predecessors and which of them can help me find myself. Modigliani came up a few times, mostly because of his dedication to portraiture and the human figure. These dominate my work as well. There are similarities in Modigliani's approach and technique. Modigliani does touch the surface of every form with care, and tends to sculpt even the flat surfaces (such as the wall behind his figures) with brush strokes. I do this too. It is apparent in the two drawings I made yesterday.
This desire to touch form, as if sculpting with brush strokes, is found in two other important influences on my work: Egon Schiele and Lucien Freud. Schiele died in the influenza pandemic of 1917, while Freud is alive today (grandson of Sigmund Freud). At this point I do not want to spend a lot of time discussing Schiele's and Freud's work. I will post their self-portraits for your reference.
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