Despite is frail health throughout much of his life Modgliani created vast amounts of work including, sculpture, sketches and most famously portraits.
Date of work
Oil paint on canvas 100 x 64.5 cm MAC USP Collection (Museu de Arte Conemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil), Donation of Yolanda Penteado and Francisco Matarazzo Sobrinho
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.