The blog header contains a depiction of the truly marvelous work of art, by the very great artist Amedeo Modigliani, entitled Reclining Nude, 1917. I have chosen to share this beautiful picture here because I have long been an admirer of the artist's work.
In this particular piece, I love the warmth and the sensuality and the sheer human tangibility, and the utterly superb, masterly execution of the painting by the confident, mature artist. And there is, I feel, a wonderful sense of freedom, openness and longing in the attitude of the subject. A truly beautiful and moving work.
For me, this painting, like so much of Modigliani's art, is a powerful inspiration for my own artistic endeavours in my writing; and so I thought it a wholly fitting picture to share with you in the header here at my blog. I truly hope it gives you as much pleasure as it does me.
For more information -
This painting at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)
Amedeo Modigliani entry at Wikipedia
Amedeo Modigliani - The Complete Works
[The image referred to above is Public Domain worldwide - commons.wikimedia.org: "Amedeo Modigliani 015" by Amedeo Modigliani - The
Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202.
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Wikimedia Commons -
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Amedeo_Modigliani_015.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Amedeo_Modigliani_015.jpg; and re. the United States PD-1923: This work is in the public domain in the United States
because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before
January 1, 1923]