Modigliani at the Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum
Starting on November 10, 2007, the Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum will be displaying a number of works by Amedeo Modigliani as well as his wife, Jeanne Hébuterne. The exhibit will run through the 16th of December and is unique in its focuses on the works of the couple together, and not only on Modigliani, recognizing Ms. Hébuterne as an artist in her own right.
Modigliani was born into a Jewish family in Livorno, Italy in 1884 and began studying art in Italy before moving to Paris in 1906. While at school in Italy, he was recognized as an adept student and created his own distinctive styl. While in Paris, he quickly took on the Bohemian lifestyle that characterized the community of penniless artists that gathered in Monmartre. He was known for his outlandish drunken exhibitions and affairs and became increasingly involved in the use of narcotics.
Modigliani met what was to be the love of his life, Jeanne Hébuterne , when she was 19 years old studying as an art student. It was not long before they lived together, despite her family’s objections. Together they had one daughter, whom they named Jeanne. When Modigliani passed away from the tuberculosis with which he had battled his entire life,, she threw herself out of the fifth story window of her parents house two days later, killing herself and their second unborn child.
The exhibition will follow their love story from beginning to its tragic end, showcasing a total of 120 works between the two of them. In addition, there will be two showings every Saturday of the movie Modigliani, based on the later years of his life, including his life with Jeanne Hébuterne. A number of talks by guest lecturers as well as talks by gallery volunteers will highlight and explore his distinctive style.
For more information, contact:
Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum
Kameyama-cho, Yamaguchi City 3-1