Modigliani @ the Estorick Collection

Amedeo Modigliani, Dr François Brabander, 1918, oil on canvas, 46 x 38 cm (court
Amedeo Modigliani, Dr François Brabander, 1918, oil on canvas, 46 x 38 cm (courtesy: Estorick Collection)

Anna McNay reviews Modigliani: A Unique Artistic Voice at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London, on view through June 28, 2015.

McNay writes: "As the artist put it: 'What I am searching for is neither the real nor the unreal, but the subconscious, the mystery of what is instinctive in the human race.' Modigliani’s figures therefore blend the life model or muse with the sculpture, the present with the past, the 2D with the 3D, the marble with the flesh. Without much recourse to shading, it is Modigliani’s exploitation of negative space that gives both weight and volume to his bodies – and this is the negative space both without and within the figures."