From: Los Angeles County Museum of Art Limited Edition: 19 Exhibition: Modigliani and the Artists of Montparnasse Material: Printed 2-ply vinyl Dimensions: 35" x 96" (88.9cm x 243.84cm)
Hanging Hardware Included
Amedeo Modigliani was part of a circle of artists living and working in the Montparnasse district of Paris in the early 20th century. Montparnasse at the time was the artistic heart of the city with a bohemian enclave that included Chaim Soutine, Jacob Epstein, Jean Cocteau, Jacques Lipchitz, Diego Rivera, Pablo Picasso, and Constantine Brancusi. This close-knit circle of artists often influenced one another's work, and Modigliani regularly painted portraits of his friends, artists, poets, writes, children, and even ordinary people.
This banner features a detail of one such work, Portrait of a Young Woman of the People from 1918. The work is pure Modigliani, with its elongated face, uneven and mismatched eyes, and the vague expression of the young woman. Despite his readily identifiable stylistic elements, each of his works is varied in its presentation and mood. He was influenced by his love of African and Khmer (Cambodian) art, and this is seen in the flatness of his work, and the strong physical features he confers on his subjects.
The detail of the image shown on this banner focuses on the face of the young woman. Despite her stylized portrayal, her skin is treated with warmth and subtle, realistic flesh tones. This is contrasted with the steely blue of her empty gaze, and the stark black swath of her hair and neckerchief. A stripe of orange runs the length of the banner and includes black text that reads "Modigliani". The banner was designed to flank a city street-lamp post, so hanging two banners side-by-side creates a dramatic and complete diptych. The text begins on one side and continues on the other. The complete text reads, "Modigliani and the Artists of Montparnasse", "June 19 - Sept. 28, 2003", "spend your summer at LACMA". The image is also continued on the back of the banner.
These banners were displayed around Los Angeles to promote the exhibition, Modigliani and the Artists of Montparnasse at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibition ran from June 29 to September 28, 2003. The exhibition was also seen at The Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth, Texas and the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, New York. Another banner promoting the exhibition features Modigliani's portrait of Jacques Lipchitz.