In the spring of 1916 Pablo Picasso brought the poet Jean Cocteau to meet many of his acquaintances. It was at this time that Cocteau was painting by Modigliani and Moïse Kisling.
Date of work
Oil paint on canvas 100.4 x 81.3 cm The Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation on long term loan to Princeton University Art Museum. L.1988.62.18. photo: Bruce M. White. © 2017. Princeton University Art Museum/Art Resource NY Scala, Florence
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.