|It's a classical myth he was always drunk, stoned and out of his mind, Looking at his work, this just can't be true...
Try to get drunk and paint or what ever you do to live, maybe one time it can go swell but not for 21 years (his work is always a genuine master composition).
Ok, he lived a bohemian avant garde life playing on the border line, but his work resembles the classical tuscan perspective, linear and golden perfection (drunk or stoned he could not reach that perfection for such a long time).
If we give credit to his daughter, Jeanne. he never painted drunk or stoned, (an easy explanation: he was always short of money and oil and canvas were very expensive).
Jeanne, a toddler when her parents died, was raised by the father’s sister in Italy. She knew him only from letters and documents, she died in 1984, leaving a very controversial art resource, new works, printings and bronze serial sculptures.
In any case, leaving myths and gossips on his bohemian life aside, the main issue is that Modigliani recovers the glorious past from Ucello, Masaccio, Michelozzi, Gozzoli and many other great masters.
Created a new way, an art style than can't be followed by others (there is no school of), amazing, fresh, opposite to the main tendencies or trendy styles of his time, but in his time.
As the good art, he relies in a background retrieved from the past and presents a new way and own creation, a brand new style in art.
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