Book Review: Modigliani

This week I read Modigliani by Meryle Secrest and I loved it!

I've always loved Modigliani's work. His color palette and geometric strokes are beautiful. There's a calm moodiness to his work that I really like. I didn't, however, know about his life and influences. So, this book was awesome at filling the gap in my art history knowledge.

I won't spoil the book by recalling all the details I learned about Modigliani but I will describe the breadth and writing style of the book.

This book is written in chronological order starting with the artist's parent and continuing past his death to the contemporary life of his daughter. The book does describe the artist's influences, contemporaries, and technical development but to be honest I could have used more of that. The Leonardo book by Walter Isaacson did a great job of giving the reader a break from the timeline to gush over the artist's work which likely brought the reader to the book in the first place. Don't get me wrong, this book does this I just could have used more.

Overall this book is awesome! I definitely know a lot more about Modigliani. The book is written in an engaging way that transports the reader into the messy artist's studio. It's also well researched with diverse sources cited. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves non-fiction, Modigliani, and/or the art scene in early 20th century Europe.