Modigliani: A Life by Meryle Secrest

Modigliani: A Life BY Meryle Secrest. Knopf. Hardcover, 416 pages. $35.
The cover of Modigliani: A Life

“Modigliani should have been the father of a family. He was kind, constant, correct, and considerate: a bourgeois Jew.” The English painter C.R.W. Nevinson, who rendered this verdict, knew full well that these were not the first adjectives that would spring to most people’s minds to describe Amedeo Modigliani.