Modigliani's portraits are chracterised by a sense of melancholy and elongated facial proportions.
Boy in Short Pants
Date of work
Oil paint on canvas 99.7 x 64.8 cm Dallas Museum of Art, TX Gift of the Leland Fikes Foundation, Inc. 1977
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.