Amadeo Modigliani Skateboard Polyptych - Musart on Decks - Nu Couché (1917-1918)
Bringing together tradition and contemporary culture, Musart Boutique is proud to present our exclusive original collection Musart on Decks featuring limited edition skateboard decks, displaying art historical timeless masterpieces which bridge the traditional history of art and contemporary skateboarding culture at accessible prices. Part of Musart Boutique’s original collection Musart on Decks comes to this exclusive limited edition of 100 Amadeo Modigliani Skateboard Polyptych (set of 5) displaying his masterwork Nu Couché (1917-1918) sold at Christie's auction house on November 9, 2015, for $170.4 Million to Chinese Billionaire investor and art collector Liu Yiqian for the Long Museum in Shanghai, co-founded by Mr. Yiqian and Mr. Wang Wei. In the art historical tradition of representing reclining nudes, Amadeo Modigliani produced this painting as a series of female nude works for Léopold Zborowski to be displayed in his first and only solo exhibition held at Galerie Berthe Weill in Paris. The crude rendering and un-idealized depiction of Modigliani's female nudes displayed in one of the windows of the gallery caused a crowd to stand outside of the gallery and eventually had authorities request the immediate closure of the exhibition. Although Modigliani's reclining nude posture reminds of quintessential masterworks such as Titian's Venus of Urbino (1534), the crude impasto paint application, and the unadorned representation of the nude (e.g. underarms and pubic hair) bears striking similarities with works such as Edouard Manet's Olympia (1863).A true masterwork of Modern Art, Modigliani's Nu Couché resembles the strife of modern artists to demythologize the female nude and other art historical traditions with the purpose of providing the spectator with an unadorned, honest representation of the subjects.