Modigliani's only solo lifetime exhibition was deemed too controversial due to his array of provocative nude paintings. The exhibition was censored by the police in 1917.
Reclining Nude on a White Cushion
Date of work
Oil paint on canvas 60 x 92 cm Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, acquired with lottery funds in 1959
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.