Another Modigliani creation entered the top of the most expensive paintings in the world.

The stunning "Reclining Nude (on the left side)" - the biggest picture in the heritage of the Italian-French expressionist Amedeo Modigliani - was sold on Monday, May 14, for $ 157.2 million. This canvas took the fourth line in the list of the most expensive works of art sold at public auction.Masterpiece Modigliani, created a century ago, received an estimate of $ 150 million - the highest preliminary estimate in the history of the auction house Sotheby's. However, trading opened at 125 million and lasted only three to four minutes. Auctioneer Helena Newman lowered the hammer on 139 million dollars. The final price includes the buyer's premium.Reclining naked (on the left side) Amedeo Modigliani1917, 89.5 × 146.4 cmThis sale could not surpass the 170.4 million dollars paid for a portrait from the same nude series in 2015, but confirmed the reputation of Modigliani as the third best sold at auction of the artist after Leonardo da Vinci and Pablo Picasso. The previous owner of the canvas received a huge profit, since in 2003 it acquired it for only $ 26.9 million.Chinese billionaire Liu Yitsian, who bought Modigliani's “Lying Nude” for $ 170.4 million in 2015, donated the canvas to the Museum Lung in Shanghai, which was 147 cm wide, was the “face” of a recent major retrospective at the Tate ModernModern Gallery ( French modern - new) - artistic style in art, which arose at the end of the 19th century and reigned until the beginning of the First World War. Its characteristic features are decorativeness, smooth lines and roundness of forms, their flexibility and fluidity. Also in the modern style you will find an abundance of ornaments and ornaments, attention to vegetable, natural motifs, and the figures will be flat, like on posters and stained glass windows. Read on in London. And in 1917, when the artist put on his innovative nudes in Paris, the public found them so shocking that the police closed the show.
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Between 1916 and 1919, Modigliani created a series with twenty-two lying naked and sixteen sitting. The artist's dealer Leopold Zborowski paid him a scholarship of 15 francs per day and five francs for models for posing.
Now most of the paintings from this cycle are in public galleries, such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
Left: Amedeo Modigliani, Seated Nude with a Shirt (1917). Lille Metropolitan Museum of Contemporary Art, Villeneuve d'Ascq

According to the representative of Sotheby's Simon Shaw, the picture sold on Monday reflects the changing status of women during the First World War. Art: read us in the Telegram and look on Instagram
Based on Agence France-Presse. Main illustration: “Reclining Nude (on the left side)” by Amedeo Modigliani at the pre-sale exhibition in Hong Kong; Photo - South China Morning Post