Modigliani's emotionally intense portraits of friends, lovers and supporters are some of the most memorable art of the 20th century.
Black Hair (Young Dark-Haired Girl Seated)
Date of work
Oil paint on canvas, 92 x 60 Musée national Picasso-Paris. Donation in 1973. RF1973-81 Localisation : Paris, musee national Picasso – Paris Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musee national Picasso - Paris) I Rene-Gabriel Ojeda
Born in Livorno, Italy to Jewish parents in 1884, Amedeo Modigliani was a dedicated painter, draughtsman and sculptor. He began studying art in 1898 and continued to do so after moving to southern Italy to recuperate after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis.
In 1906, intrigued by the Paris art scene, he moved to the city where he developed a unique and instantly recognisable pictorial style. Though meeting little success during their time, his emotionally intense portraits and seductive nudes are now among the best-loved paintings of the 20th century.