Arguably the most important person in Modigliani's life, Jeanne Hébuterne was his favourite muse.
Date of work
Oil paint on canvas 91.4 x 73 cmThe Metropolitan Museum of Art Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Nate B. Spingold, 1956 (56.184.2) © 2017. Image copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Art Resource/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.