By Maev Kennedy
Exhibition, which will include the gallery’s first virtual reality experience, will give a nuanced view of the Italian artist’s life
It wasn’t the voluptuous curves of the naked woman, stretched out across the window of a small Paris gallery in 1917, which horrified the police commissioner who unfortunately lived directly opposite. It was the shocking fact that the artist Amedeo Modigliani had given her hair – and not just on her head, but pubic and underarm hair as well.
The exhibition was the only solo show in the lifetime of an artist whose works museums and private collectors covet alike, but whose life was short, poor, and scarred by illness and substance abuse. Most of the nudes from the Paris exhibition, many modelled by friends and lovers, will be reunited at a major exhibition opening in November at Tate Modern, the most comprehenisive retrospective of his work in Britain.