8 September 2006
Modigliani's portraits tread a fine line between the generic and the particular. Archaic, simplified, mask-like, his heads and faces are produced in the wake of the Cubist assault on likeness (portraiture's traditional purview) and the iconoclastic lessons of Africa and Ancient Iberia. Yet the personalities of Beatrice Hastings, Max Jacob, Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau, amongst others, were captured by Modigliani in a unique and recognisable manner. Professor Tamar Garb, Durning Lawrence Professor of the History of Art at University College London, examines the strategies deployed by Modigliani to convey individuality and resemblance in a post-naturalist moment.
Reynolds Room, RA; 6.30–7.30pm; £14/£6 students (incl. exhibition entry & drink), £10 (incl. a drink)