Perhaps the best-known and most provocative of the Modigliani’s works, his nude portraits presented new compositions and modernised figurative painting.
Oil paint on canvas 72.4 x 116.5 cm The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund. 13.1950 © 2017. Digital image
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.