Amedeo Modigliani Caryatid c.1913–4

Artwork details

Artist
Amedeo Modigliani 1884–1920
Title
Caryatid
Cariatide
Date c.1913–4
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 549 x 448 mm
frame: 637 x 744 x 21 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1957
Reference
T00149
Not on display

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Modigliani made more than seventy drawings of caryatids. Their highly stylised manner shows his absorption in a wide variety of arts then considered to be ‘primitive’, including African and especially Cambodian carvings. The drawings were preparatory sketches for sculptures, and Modigliani is said to have conceived of a ‘temple to humanity’ surrounded by hundreds of such caryatids. However, he appears to have made only one carving directly related to this crouching figure.

September 2004

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