Amedo Modigliani

Born: July 12, 1884
Died: Jan. 24, 1920

Amedeo Modigliani, whose luminous, stylized nudes adorn the finest museums in the world, used hashish, cocaine, and alcohol and had many torrid affairs. Born into a well-to-do Jewish family in Italy, he suffered from typhoid fever at the age of fourteen, and raved in a delirium that he wanted to see the paintings in the Palazzo Pitti and the Uffizi in Florence . He contracted tuberculosis at 16 but managed to travel to Florence, Rome and Venice afterwards. It is in Venice that he first smoked hashish and became a devotee of Nietzsche and Baudelaire.

Beatrice Hastings, the pen name of Emily Alice Haigh (1879-1943) who lived with Modigliani as his mistress, reportedly shared his indulgences. Hastings was a journalist, a poetess, a circus artist, a follower of Blavatsky, talented spiritual medium… She wrote of Modigliani, “A complex character. A swine and a pearl”.

Arriving in Paris at the age of 22, while “serious” painters were exploring cubism, Modigliani stuck to a style influenced by Cézanne and African woodcarvings. Credited with being the first modern artist to include pubic hair in his paintings, he was charged with obscenity and the only one-man show staged during his lifetime was closed by police. He barely sold a painting and lived in poverty, dying of tuberculosis at the age of 35 (most reviewers also attribute his death to his drug use.)

 

Copyright 2008

VERY IMPORTANT POTHEADS Debunking Myths About Marijuana

 

Home | VIPs | Blog | Contact