Ode to Angels ~ Modigliani

Your only duty is to save your dream. ~Amedeo Modigliani

Text, Artwork and Photography by L’Adelaide. All rights reserved.

Weep sweetly as this touches the heart.
So gorgeously tortured. Life has a way of annihilating us all one way or another.

Take her hand.
Joy and suffering, the magic coupling.
Creative Force that ignites the human spark no matter when we walked life’s dusty roads~

Be ready when she lays her fire.
Grasp her sweaty hand.
Give her your soul and leave behind that shriveled heart ripened by hope, your fears and doubt.

You will not be sorry and will weep for what might be.
So often we choose our destiny honed from dreams,
an illusion, our pain.

Desire is the mirror of our soul, pain is in it’s cracking, piercing the veil of a potential Universe.

I can see you seared to the trembling core
leaving nothing and now emptiness to ponder.


jeanne Jeanne, wife of Modigliani, who once said,

“I will let you paint me if you give me eyes.”

What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious, the mystery of the instinctive in the human race. ~Modigliani

autograph of the painter Amedeo Modigliani
autograph of the painter Amedeo Modigliani

Link to Paintings of Modigliani~


20 thoughts on “Ode to Angels ~ Modigliani

  1. and now emptiness to ponder. So true!

      1. Yes and the video too, which reminds me, I haven’t had absinthe yet

          1. Ah! You did.
            I won’t be inhuman to my muse, I promise 🙂

  2. Good evening Linda~

    For some reason, the video won’t play for me. And also, the link which leads to Paintings & history of Modigliani goes to a 404 not found page.

    But I LOVED the words you shared and the painting below. How powerful, raw and true these words are.

    I also love this quote:

    “What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious, the mystery of the instinctive in the human race. ~Modigliani”



    1. hi ron and thank you.. i am off to see what’s with the video. i didn’t try it to see if it was playing once i copied it to the site. glad you liked what you could see!! xox

      1. Good morning, Linda!

        So glad I stopped back this morning while having my coffee to view this amazing video clip!

        It’s hauntingly beautiful! Especially the musical underscore.

        And I didn’t realize this was a movie because I MUST try and find it at the video store so that I can see it in its entirety.

        Love Andy Garcia!

        Thanks for sharing, dear friend!


        1. good afternoon ron!
          i am glad you stopped back by and yes, andy and yes, this movie you must watch…. he is a tragic artist yes but he went down the way he wanted. you feel for his poor love but isn’t that the way? and the music is swoon worthy. you can rent it on netflix. enjoy xooxox!

  3. is there any one closer to the heart and passion of the creator that she / he who wields a paint brush and canvas?

    1. joss- i think most who create are close to that which is the center-if such a center is- and we all create in our own ways. don’t you think? perhaps painting is more trusting somehow that in taking the chance to load a brush, perhaps it *might* turn out. but isn’t that the way with gardening, cooking…hmmm, you’ve got me thinking about it now. 🙂

      i just fixed this and i assume it did work for you! xoxox

      1. yes it worked fine – magnificent. I couldn’t help think of Lust for Life which I just finished reading again this month. I think there is something about those who transfer vision onto canvas that moves us in lasting ways. A day spent in an art museum, is a balm, a challenge, a glimpse of glory.

        1. good afternoon joss and i do agree. i wish i could get to one more often and hopefully i will this year. i think the visual arts, paintings in this case do speak to us in a special way. who hasn’t tried to draw, paint, etc., and one time or another. have a great week, joss! xox

  4. Tragic story, in part. That such extremes were felt necessary to achieve an ‘unlocking’ of what was perceived as locked in him. Makes me wonder what would have met our eyes had he lived inside the circumstances. Ah, but for me it’s an illustration of creating with the circumstances. Sometimes very painfully, eh?
    I wondered about the angry, sad feel to the portrait–and then read, I guess he was a master at putting that into his paints. The video emphasized it all, I guess.
    The brush into the bottle was a perfect ending to the whole process and story, I thought.

    Wow–the price of this man’s work was huge. Though…maybe he didn’t think so?

    1. mel,
      the movie modigliani is incredibly good-well, when isn’t andy garcia good. you would probably understand something of his psychology by watching it. he was fighting against himself, physically, emotionally, really on all levels for seemingly his entire young life. he died at 35 so not too long this life.

      i thought the brush at the end was perfect too. i think he did that with each painting but am not sure. i am going to watch this movie again. movie’s always romanticize circumstances that may be should not be so but there is an element of the tragic in every romance. she loved him so completely, she gave up everything and ultimately her life, for him. it’s sad… perhaps that is partly why, besides his incredible way with paint, his story persists. i also find him much more likeable than, say picasso, a friend at the time.

      truly i am not sure he cared about his notoriety, he just wanted to paint and love women, it seems. and be well…


  5. When art appreciation became more broad based in the 19th century pain and suffering were perpetual themes for the great artists of the time. It’s not that nobody suffered before or since but that for the first time a powerful and soulful spotlight was turned upon the essential cruelty of the Gilded Age. Modigliani’s work is still very powerful for those of us who are able to understand its essence.

    Many thanks for such a lovely post, my friend.

    1. dear susan,
      i am glad you said this as i hadn’t seen it from such a broad perspective. these artists did really suffer for their passion and lived in complete poverty… i don’t think any of them during this prolific time were at all successful. seems a very rigid society to try and live in, work in and not rebel against if that society dictates what you create as an artist.

      There’s a reason he never painted the eyes in his portraits.

      much lovexoxo

      1. I’m sure portrait painters did very well for themselves but few of them are remembered. Another likely reason for his not painting eyes, don’t you think?

        1. hi susan,
          yes, i think you are right. portraiture was sort of what you HAD to do to eat. so why get overly into it. it’s easy to leave the soul out of the eyes if you feel like there’s no soul in your work. you just paint for the money… i think every artist rebels against the whole money/passion issue. where’s the line and how many great artists make money? at least when they can spend it… really to this day it’s still that way don’t you think?

          it’s nice to see you tonight. i hope you weren’t upset that i hadn’t come by your blog. my reader isn’t showing me when you post anymore… and google is just a pain for me. no profile, no me, no comments half the time, sighsighsigh…. stupid really. it’s only on blogger i have the problem. anyway i’ll keep checking back every few days… xoxoxox

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