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The largest canvas Modigliani put up for sale for $ 150 million

Terrific "Lying naked (on the left side)" offers for sale Sotheby's. A preliminary estimate of the largest canvas in the work of Amedeo Modigliani is 150 million dollars - the highest estimate for works of art that the auction house has ever put up for auction.“Lying naked (on the left side)” is a canvas from a cult series in which Modigliani rediscovered the nude genre for the modern era. At the debut exhibition in 1917 in Paris, these bright and sensual images literally stopped the traffic and forced the police to close the show. Today they are recognized as one of the best achievements in the painting of the modernist era. The shock and awe that still evoke these paintings were well manifested during the recently concluded large-scale retrospective at the Tate Modern, where this portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read further was one of the main exhibits.Lying naked (on the left side) Amedeo Modigliani 1917, 89.5 × 146.4 cm This picture is not only the largest in the work of Amedeo Modigliani (its width is 147 cm), but also the only one in the series where the lying model is depicted in full. Most of the 22 "horizontal" canvases of this cycle are in public galleries. They are especially widely represented in the USA: the collection of the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum includes three paintings each.
Modigliani began to paint nude in 1908, but he developed a unique idiom completely uncovered in Lying Naked (on the left side), after 1914, when he left experiments with sculpture. His aesthetics include elements of Italian Renaissance and Mannerist painting, the simplicity of lines of African carved figures, as well as the palette and geometric modeling of cubism.“Reclining Nude with Arms Crossed behind His Head” Amedeo Modigliani from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York But the artist began a large series of nudes only after dealer Leopold Zborowski appointed him a maintenance of 15 francs a day and started paying models of five francs for a session . It is not certain who these women, draped with fabric, sitting on chairs, lying on sofas or beds, Modigliani did not write his lovers in the nude. These models dominate the composition, filling the entire canvas with outstretched arms and legs, forearms and calves, literally from edge to edge. Their poses are full of self-confidence and pride, and nudity is not covered by myths and allegories.

Between 1916 and 1919, Modigliani created a total of 22 "lying naked" and 13 sitting. Most — including this work — were written in 1917.
At the request of Zborowski, art dealer Bertha Weil exhibited paintings in the window of her gallery - including several nudes. A crowd immediately gathered under the walls of the house - and this did not go unnoticed in the police station across the street. One of the officers asked to remove the "indecent" canvases. Weil refused to do this, after which she was taken to the ward. Zborowski was able to sell only two paintings of 30 francs, after which the exhibition was closed.
Left: Amedeo Modigliani, "Nude, sitting on the couch" (1917). Private collection

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The current owner of “Lying naked (on the left side)” paid almost $ 30 million for her at an auction in 2003. Now the first to evaluate the canvas during the pre-sale tour may be collectors in Hong Kong. This is not surprising, considering that it was Chinese billionaire Liu Yitsyan who in 2015 laid out 170.4 million dollars for a masterpiece from this series, making it the second most expensive work of art sold at public auction. Now this picture is on display at the Lun Museum in Shanghai, which the financier founded with his wife.Modigliani's “Reclining Nude” worth $ 170.4 million is now on display at the Shanghai Lun Museum. Meanwhile, “Unfinished Portrait A portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more Paul Alexander ”, which Amedeo Modigliani began writing in 1913 and which Sotheby's put up for sale on March 23 of this year for 1.8-2.5 million euros, did not find a buyer.
The sale of Impressionist and Modern works will be held in New York on May 4th. Other "stars" of the evening will be the painting "Leisure" by Pablo Picasso (estimate - 25-35 million dollars), "Morning on the Seine" by Claude Monet (18-35 million dollars), "Summer Night" by Edvard Munch (10-15 million dollars ) and the sculpture "Cat" Alberto Giacometti (20-30 million dollars).RecreationPablo Picasso1932, 46 × 46 cmMorning on SeneClod Monet1897Summer nightEdvard Munk1902, 115.5 × 101.5 cmKotAlberto Giacometti1955, 81.5 smArthiv: read us in the Telegram and look in Instagram
According to the materials of the official site of the auction house Sotheby's