On View In:
Gallery 367
Artist:   Amedeo Modigliani  
Title:   Head  
Date:   1911-1912  
Medium:   Limestone  
Dimensions:   25 3/4 x 6 3/4 x 8 3/8 in. (65.4 x 17.1 x 21.3 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Cowles  
Location:   Gallery 367  

A protaganist of the vibrant artistic community in Paris around 1910, the Italian Amedeo Modigliani sought to establish a new sculptural language, inspired significantly by African and ancient Greek and Egyptian examples. The present Head was one of seven that were exhibited at the Salon d'Automne in Paris in October 1912. A few months earlier, it was photographed in the artist's studio - which makes it one of his best-documented works. Modigliani intended for the heads to be parts of 'columns of tenderness' within a primordial 'temple of beauty' that remained unrealized. According to the account of his close friend Jacob Epstein, Modigliani used to place candles on top of these heads during the night. Spurred on by marijuana, he would give the totemic, illuminated sculptures affectionate embraces.

Name:   Modigliani, Amedeo  
Nationality:   Italian  
Life Dates:   Italian, 1884 - 1920  

Object Description  
Classification:   Sculpture  
Physical Description:   Head of a woman with a base, stone on a marble base, size; 26in.; base R5 column MS  
Creation Place:   Europe, Italy, , ,  
Accession #:   62.73.1  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts