Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920, Italy) was an Italian Jewish painter and sculptor, known especially for his portraits. Modigliani’s was interested in the human form and in formal abstraction. His sitters, mostly unfamiliar to him outside of the studio, feature elongated necks and oval faces in a particular color scheme and curved lines that all became the hallmark of his work. Like many artists of his generation, Modigliani was influenced by African sculpture, yet he did not see himself as belonging to any of the time’s artistic movements. Having immigrated to Paris in 1906, he died at 36 from tuberculosis without achieving the recognition or success he sought. Today his works are in the most prestigious international art collections and are on show in leading exhibitions worldwide.
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