Modigliani at Tate Modern, through April 2, 2018

“Tate Modern stages the most comprehensive Modigliani exhibition ever held in the UK, bringing together a dazzling range of his iconic portraits, sculptures and the largest ever group of nudes to be shown in this country. Although he died tragically young, Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920) was a ground-breaking artist who pushed the boundaries of the art of his time. Including almost 100 works, the exhibition re-evaluates this familiar figure, looking afresh at the experimentation that shaped his career and made Modigliani one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century.

A section devoted to Modigliani’s nudes, perhaps the best-known and most provocative of the artist’s works, will be a major highlight. In these striking canvases Modigliani invented shocking new compositions that modernised figurative painting. His explicit depictions also proved controversial and led to the police censoring his only solo lifetime exhibition, at Berthe Weill’s gallery in 1917, on the grounds of indecency. This group of 10 nudes will be the largest group ever seen in the UK, with paintings including Seated Nude 1917 (Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp) and Reclining Nude c.1919 (Museum of Modern Art, New York).” — Tate Modern

The Little Peasant, 
c.1918. Oil paint on canvas,
1000 x 645 mm. 
Tate, presented by Miss Jenny Blaker in memory of Hugh Blaker 1941

Jeanne Hébuterne, 
1919. 
Oil paint on canvas, 
914 x 730 mm. 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Seated Nude
, 1917. Oil paint on canvas, 
1140 x 740 mm
. Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, Lukasart in Flanders. 
Photo credit: Hugo Maertens

Reclining Nude
, 1919. 
Oil on canvas, 
724 x 1165 mm. 
Museum of Modern Art, New York

Juan Gris, 
1915. Oil paint on canvas, 549 x 381 mm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Jacques and Berthe Lipchitz, 
1916. 
Oil on canvas
, 813 x 543 mm
. The Art Institute of Chicago

Head, 
c. 1911. Stone
, 394 x 311 x 187 mm. 
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Lois Orswell 
© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Beatrice Hastings
, 1915. 
Oil on paper, 
400 x 285 mm. 
Private Collection, Switzerland

Modigliani is curated by Nancy Ireson, Curator of International Art, Tate Modern and Simonetta Fraquelli, Independent Curator, with Emma Lewis, Assistant Curator.

Images courtesy Tate Modern.