Modigliani: A Memoir - Andre SalmonLondon: Jonathan Cape, 1961, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier age-toning to the spine and verso. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. The pages are somewhat tanned, if tight, and a little musty.
Contains: Black & white plates; Black & white drawings; Portrait to the frontispiece; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “Amedeo, dear Amedeo: you are so handsome that all the women fight over you… I believe in your future. So said the poet, Max Jacob, to the ardent and turbulent young Italian artist, Modigliani.
Poet and sculptor, a painter of genius, but tormented and accursed; tubercular from childhood; a victim of alcohol; undermined by lack of food, by the need for the most elementary comforts, by his outbursts of animal fury and hours of cruel introspection — such was the man whose vivid portrait Andre Salmon has traced for us in this moving story of one of the masters of modern painting. He has done so with the greatest sensitivity and tact, yet never does he omit any of the details of his hero’s spiritual and physical miseries. He writes, indeed, with penetrating lucidity in his revelations of many facts, which, though often startling, are never shocking.
Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) was born in the Leghorn ghetto, and after some early training in Venice went to Paris with money inherited from an uncle. In common with other now famous names associated with the School of Paris he was drawn to the form of African Negro sculpture and he achieved a delicate and pure line that made him a distinguished sculptor and one of the most exciting of modern painters.”