Books: Morning-After Artist

MODIGLIANI, MAN AND MYTH (116 pp.)

—Jeanne Modigliani—Orion ($7.50).

On various mornings-after between 1908 and 1920, Amedeo Modigliani carved and painted in Paris a few hundred works of purity, warmth and glamour. Almost all the pictures represented people he loved, but with rubicund flesh, swan necks outstretched, ski-jump noses and sightless, slanting eyes. They were men and women molded to a very private vision of how humans ought to look, a vision that only Modigliani's power as a designer could put across and make seem beautiful. All his control was reserved for art; in life he had none.

Modigliani died at 35, of drink,...

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