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Amadeo Modigliani Skateboard Polyptych - Musart on Decks - Nu Couché (1917-1918)

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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.

Technical Specifications

Musart on Decks, Nu Couché (Reclining Nude) (1917-1918), Polyptych Limited edition of 100, Skateboard Decks – Set of 5. Material: 100% Canadian/American Maple wood. Measurements Mellow Concave Skateboard set of 3: (Angles) Approx. 19.25º nose and 18.5º tail with a medium center concave. (Dimensions) 32″H x 8″L x 0.5″W Inches (est.) Weight: 15.63 lbs (est) Additional Features: Includes Skateboard Deck Display wall mounts. Modigliani, Amadeo (1884-1920). Reclining Nude (Nu Couché). 1917-1918. Oil on canvas. Formerly in the Mattioli collection. Sold at Christie’s on November 9, 2015, for $170.4 Million. Private Collection. Photo Credit: Scala / Art Resource, NY.


Amedeo Modigliani grew up in Livorno, Italy as the fourth child of a Jewish family. He was particularly close to his mother, who indulged the young kid's passion for art. By the time he was 14, she enrolled him with the best painting master in Livorno, Guglielmo Micheli. In 1906, Modigliani settled in Paris where he attended the Académie Colarossi. He found inspiration in Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Georges Rouault, Pablo Picasso, and particularly Paul Cezanne's work. In 1909, Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi introduced Modigliani to African sculpture and since then, this new influence impacted his art. For reinvigorating the practice of portraiture, Modigliani’s work remains one of the most significant and original of his time.


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