Amedeo Modigliani‘s 1917 painting of “Nude Sitting on a Sofa” (The Beautiful Romanian) sold for $68,962,500 at Sotheby’s auction the first week of November in New York. This picture of a World War I era scantily-clad brunette set a high for the artist who lived between 1884-1920. Five buyers competed for the painting and bid up the price. The painting sold for $16.7 million in 1999, quite a nice return considering the economy.
I recently saw his 1916 painting “The Blue-eyed Boy” at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. The elongated faces in his paintings are very distinctive. He was born in Livorno, Italy and moved to Paris in 1907 after studying art in Florence and Venice. He was influenced by the work of Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso and Paul Cesanne.
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