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Looking back at the Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani’s career and life, it is almost unbelievable to think that the young man who left Livorno, in Italy, would become one of the most famous bohemian starving artists of Paris, dying of tuberculosis he had contracted at 16 while still in Italy and which plagued him his entire life. Having arrived in Paris in 1906, the then dapper academic artist was yet to become the famously decadent and innovative portrait painter, and it is said that having met Picasso in his famous workman’s clothes, pointed out that, even if the man was a genius, it was no excuse for him to dress in such a crass manner.
As such, it is that young man, not the alcoholic genius the art world has come to love, who produced this beautiful oil on canvas in 1909, right in the middle of his journey into the seedy underbelly of the Parisian art scene. The oil on canvas, now in possession of private collectors as part of the Abello Collection, in Madrid, is, quite uncommonly so, painted on both sides, a feature which has often been evidenced whenever the piece is shown in museums. The subject matter, a cellist deeply enthralled by his craft, is present on both sides of the canvas, in the front as seen here and in the back as a study of the man’s face from a different angle, which might lead us to believe that Modigliani made several attempts at the painting, looking for the ideal viewpoint.
The man portrayed here is possibly the Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi, a close friend of the artist’s and one of the many people who influenced Modigliani’s work and lifestyle in his early days in Paris, although, if that were the case, the reason for the choice of portraying him playing the cello is a mystery. Precisely for that reason, it is thought that, despite the physical similarities between the cellist and Brancusi, the men painted into both sides of the canvas are not the same person, and that their union on the fabric is merely a result of an economy in resources. In that case, Brancusi’s mien would be the product of an aborted portrayed that got re-used in a later work, which ended up being taken to fruition.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Cellist, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Cellist that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
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meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
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