Modigliani preferred to pursue his own artistic style, taking inspiration from Italian sculpture and African carvings. This led to the elongated faces that define his portraits.
Woman with Yellow Dress
Date of work
Oil paint on canvas 92 x 60 cm Collection Fondazione Francesco Federico Cerruti per l’Arte, long - term loan to Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli – Torino
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.