Amedeo Modigliani


Artist Biography:

Amedeo Modigliani was an Italian Jewish painter and sculptor born in 1884. He is known for portraits and nudes characterized by elongation of faces, necks, and figures, that were not received well during his lifetime but after his death achieved great popularity. Modigliani spent his youth in Italy, where he studied the art of antiquity and the Renaissance. In 1906 he moved to the artistic Mecca of Paris, where he came into contact with such artists as Pablo Picasso and Constantin Brâncuși. By 1912 Modigliani was exhibiting highly stylized sculptures with the Cubists of the Section d’Or group at the Salon d’Automne. From 1909 to 1914, Modigliani focused mainly on sculpture, with portraits and full figures being his key subjects. After 1915, Modigliani devoted himself exclusively to painting, emerging as one of the School of Paris’s ‘les maudits’ (the cursed), so named because of their impoverished and bohemian lifestyle. Modigliani’s prodigious talent was cut short when he died at the age of 35, in Paris, 1920, due to complications from tubercular meningitis aggravated by alcoholism.

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