Fine Arts

Modigliani, Amedeo (1884 - 1920)

Amedeo Clemente Modigliani was born in a wealthy and cultivated family of Livorno and began his artistic studies in Italy. Practicing both painting and sculpture,  he pursued his career for the most part in France where he moved in 1907 and where he died. A friend of Picasso, Soutine and Van Dongen, he belonged to the first Ecole of Paris which was mostly based in the Parisian districts of Montmatre and Montparnasse. Influenced by primitive art (his blind eyed and elongated faces recall African masks), Toulouse-Lautrec and Constantin Brancusi, Modigliani became a landmark in Parisian Bohemian lifestyle and a real artistic standard in portraying from 1914. He married Jeanne Hébuterne in 1918 who happened to soothe his tormented temper but a heavy drunker and e drug addict, Modigliani died of tubercular meningitis two years later. Desperate, Jeanne committed suicide the very day after. Awfully poor during his lifetime, his works achieved very high prices after his death. When he was 11 years of age, Amedeo’s mother had noted in her diary: "The child's character is still so unformed that I cannot say what I think of it. He behaves like a spoiled child, but he does not lack intelligence. We shall have to wait and see what is inside this chrysalis. Perhaps an artist?"

Tags / Amedeo Modigliani - Italian Painter - French Painter - 1910s - Bohemian - Paris
Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait of a Girl, c. 1917, Oil on canvas, 80,6 x 59,7 cm, Tate Modern, London
Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait of a Girl, c. 1917, Oil on canvas, 80,6 x 59,7 cm, Tate Modern, London
Amedeo Modigliani, Madame Zborowska, 1918, Oil on canvas, 64,5 x 46 cm, Tate Modern, London
Amedeo Modigliani, Madame Zborowska, 1918, Oil on canvas, 64,5 x 46 cm, Tate Modern, London
Amedeo Modigliani, The Little Peasant, c. 1918, Oil on canvas, 100 x 64,5 cm, Tate Modern, London
Amedeo Modigliani, The Little Peasant, c. 1918, Oil on canvas, 100 x 64,5 cm, Tate Modern, London
Amedeo Modigliani, Reclining Nude, 1917, Oil on canvas, 60,6 x 92,7 cm, The Metropolitan Museum, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Reclining Nude, 1917, Oil on canvas, 60,6 x 92,7 cm, The Metropolitan Museum, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Jeanne Hébuterne, 1919, Oil on canvas, 91,4 x 73 cm, The Metropolitan Museum, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Jeanne Hébuterne, 1919, Oil on canvas, 91,4 x 73 cm, The Metropolitan Museum, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Lola de Valence, 1915, Oil on paper, mounted on wood, 52,1 x 33,7 cm, The Metropolitan Museum, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Lola de Valence, 1915, Oil on paper, mounted on wood, 52,1 x 33,7 cm, The Metropolitan Museum, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, The Italian Woman, 1917, Oil on canvas, 102,6 x 67 cm, The Metropolitan Museum, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, The Italian Woman, 1917, Oil on canvas, 102,6 x 67 cm, The Metropolitan Museum, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Juan Gris, 1915, Oil on canvas, 54,9 x 38,1 cm, The Metropolitan Museum, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Juan Gris, 1915, Oil on canvas, 54,9 x 38,1 cm, The Metropolitan Museum, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Boy in a Striped Sweater, 1918, Oil on canvas, 91,4 x 54,6 cm, The Metropolitan Museum, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Boy in a Striped Sweater, 1918, Oil on canvas, 91,4 x 54,6 cm, The Metropolitan Museum, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Flower Vendor, 1919, Oil on canvas, 116,8 x 73,7 cm, The Metropolitan Museum, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Flower Vendor, 1919, Oil on canvas, 116,8 x 73,7 cm, The Metropolitan Museum, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Jeanne Hébuterne with Yellow Sweater, 1918/ 1919, Oil on canvas, 100 x 64,7 cm, The Guggehheim Museum, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Jeanne Hébuterne with Yellow Sweater, 1918/ 1919, Oil on canvas, 100 x 64,7 cm, The Guggehheim Museum, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Nude, 1917, Oil on canvas, 73 x 116,7 cm, The Guggehheim Museum, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Nude, 1917, Oil on canvas, 73 x 116,7 cm, The Guggehheim Museum, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait of a Young Woman, 1916/ 1919, Oil on canvas, 65,72 x 50,17 cm, Dallas Museum of Art
Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait of a Young Woman, 1916/ 1919, Oil on canvas, 65,72 x 50,17 cm, Dallas Museum of Art
Amedeo Modigliani, Boy in  Short Pants, c. 1918, Oil on canvas, 99,69 x 64,77 cm, Dallas Museum of Art
Amedeo Modigliani, Boy in Short Pants, c. 1918, Oil on canvas, 99,69 x 64,77 cm, Dallas Museum of Art
Amedeo Modigliani, Jacques and Berthe Lipchitz, 1916, Oil on canvas, 81,3 x 54,3 cm, Art Institute, Chicago
Amedeo Modigliani, Jacques and Berthe Lipchitz, 1916, Oil on canvas, 81,3 x 54,3 cm, Art Institute, Chicago
Amedeo Modigliani, Madam Pompadour, 1915, Oil on canvas, 61,1 x 50,2 cm, Art Institute, Chicago
Amedeo Modigliani, Madam Pompadour, 1915, Oil on canvas, 61,1 x 50,2 cm, Art Institute, Chicago
Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait of a Woman, c. 1917/ 1919, Oil on canvas, 55,9 x 45,4 cm, Art Institute, Chicago
Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait of a Woman, c. 1917/ 1919, Oil on canvas, 55,9 x 45,4 cm, Art Institute, Chicago
Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait of a Young Woman, date unknown, Brush and black ink and black watercolor on tan wove paper, 43,7 x 25,8 cm, Art Institute, Chicago
Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait of a Young Woman, date unknown, Brush and black ink and black watercolor on tan wove paper, 43,7 x 25,8 cm, Art Institute, Chicago
Amedeo Modigliani, Woman in Profile, 1910/ 1911, Charcoal and pastel on paper, 42,9 x 26,7 cm, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Woman in Profile, 1910/ 1911, Charcoal and pastel on paper, 42,9 x 26,7 cm, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Anna Zborowska, 1917, Oil on canvas, 130,2 x 81,3 cm, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Anna Zborowska, 1917, Oil on canvas, 130,2 x 81,3 cm, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Reclining Nude, c. 1919, Oil on canvas, 72,4 x 116,5 cm, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Reclining Nude, c. 1919, Oil on canvas, 72,4 x 116,5 cm, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Woman, Head on Hand, c. 1917, Pencil on paper, 49,2 x 30,2 cm, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Woman, Head on Hand, c. 1917, Pencil on paper, 49,2 x 30,2 cm, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Amedeo Modigliani, Reverie (Study for the Portrait of Frank Burty Haviland), 1914, Oil and graphite on cardboard, 81,28 x 69,85 cm, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Amedeo Modigliani, Reverie (Study for the Portrait of Frank Burty Haviland), 1914, Oil and graphite on cardboard, 81,28 x 69,85 cm, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Amedeo Modigliani, Young Woman of the People, 1918, Oil on canvas, 89,53 x 64,13 cm, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Amedeo Modigliani, Young Woman of the People, 1918, Oil on canvas, 89,53 x 64,13 cm, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Amedeo Modigliani, Little Servant Girl, c. 1916, Oil on canvas, 92,08 x 53,98 cm, Minneapolis Institute of Art
Amedeo Modigliani, Little Servant Girl, c. 1916, Oil on canvas, 92,08 x 53,98 cm, Minneapolis Institute of Art
Amedeo Modigliani, Female Bust in Red, 1915, Red gouache and black ink wash, 35,56 x 26,19 cm, Minneapolis Institute of Art
Amedeo Modigliani, Female Bust in Red, 1915, Red gouache and black ink wash, 35,56 x 26,19 cm, Minneapolis Institute of Art
Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait of a Woman, c. 1917/ 1918, Oil on canvas, 94,6 x 77,47 cm, The Cleveland Museum of Art
Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait of a Woman, c. 1917/ 1918, Oil on canvas, 94,6 x 77,47 cm, The Cleveland Museum of Art
Amedeo Modigliani, Monsieur Deleu, 1916, Oil on canvas, 81,1 x 46,7 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Monsieur Deleu, 1916, Oil on canvas, 81,1 x 46,7 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Adrienne (Woman with Bangs), 1917, Oil on linen, 55,3 x 38,1 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Adrienne (Woman with Bangs), 1917, Oil on linen, 55,3 x 38,1 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Café Singer, 1917, Oil on canvas, 92,4 x 60,3 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Café Singer, 1917, Oil on canvas, 92,4 x 60,3 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine, 1917, Oil on canvas, 91,7 x 59,7 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine, 1917, Oil on canvas, 91,7 x 59,7 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Girl in a Greene Blouse, 1917, Oil on canvas, 81,3 x 46 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Girl in a Greene Blouse, 1917, Oil on canvas, 81,3 x 46 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Léon Bakst, 1917, Oil on canvas, 55,3 x 33 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Léon Bakst, 1917, Oil on canvas, 55,3 x 33 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Madame Kisling, c. 1917, Oil on canvas, 46,3 x 33,2 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Madame Kisling, c. 1917, Oil on canvas, 46,3 x 33,2 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Nude on a Blue Cushion, 1917, Oil on linen, 65,4 x 100,9 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Nude on a Blue Cushion, 1917, Oil on linen, 65,4 x 100,9 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Woman with Red Hair, 1917, Oil on canvas, 92,1 x 60,7 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Woman with Red Hair, 1917, Oil on canvas, 92,1 x 60,7 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Madame Amédée (Woman with Cigarette), 1918, Oil on canvas, 100,3 x 64,8 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Madame Amédée (Woman with Cigarette), 1918, Oil on canvas, 100,3 x 64,8 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Nude on a Divan, 1918, Oil on canvas, 60,2 x 91,7 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Nude on a Divan, 1918, Oil on canvas, 60,2 x 91,7 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Gypsy Woman with Baby, 1919, Oil on canvas, 115,9 x 73 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Gypsy Woman with Baby, 1919, Oil on canvas, 115,9 x 73 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, The Boy, 1919, Oil on canvas, 92,1 x 60,3 cm, Indianapolis Museum of Art
Amedeo Modigliani, The Boy, 1919, Oil on canvas, 92,1 x 60,3 cm, Indianapolis Museum of Art
Amedeo Modigliani, Elena Povolozky, 1917, Oil on canvas, 64,8 x 48,6 cm, Phillips Collection, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Elena Povolozky, 1917, Oil on canvas, 64,8 x 48,6 cm, Phillips Collection, Washington
Amedeo Modigliani, Alice, c. 1918, Oil on canvas, 78,5 x 39 cm
Amedeo Modigliani, Alice, c. 1918, Oil on canvas, 78,5 x 39 cm
Amedeo Modigliani, The Fat Child, 1915, Oil on canvas, 45,5 x 37,5 cm
Amedeo Modigliani, The Fat Child, 1915, Oil on canvas, 45,5 x 37,5 cm
Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait of the Painter Moïse Kisling, 1915, Oil on canvas, 37 x 29 cm
Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait of the Painter Moïse Kisling, 1915, Oil on canvas, 37 x 29 cm
Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait of Mrs. Hastings, 1915, Oil on cardboard, 55 x 45,4 cm
Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait of Mrs. Hastings, 1915, Oil on cardboard, 55 x 45,4 cm
Amedeo Modigliani, Jean Cocteau, 1916, Oil on canvas, 100,4 x 81,3 cm, Princeton University Art Museum
Amedeo Modigliani, Jean Cocteau, 1916, Oil on canvas, 100,4 x 81,3 cm, Princeton University Art Museum
Amedeo Modigliani, Elvira, Female Nude, Standing, 1918, Oil on canvas, 92 x 60 cm
Amedeo Modigliani, Elvira, Female Nude, Standing, 1918, Oil on canvas, 92 x 60 cm
Amedeo Modigliani, Nude, 1917, Oil on canvas, 73 x 116,7 cm, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
Amedeo Modigliani, Nude, 1917, Oil on canvas, 73 x 116,7 cm, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
Amedeo Modigliani, Female Head, c. 1911, Black crayon, 42,7 x 26,4 cm
Amedeo Modigliani, Female Head, c. 1911, Black crayon, 42,7 x 26,4 cm
Amedeo Modigliani, Female Nude in Profile, Frontal View, Arms Folded (with Necklace), c. 1911, Black crayon, 16 3/4 x 10 3/8 in
Amedeo Modigliani, Female Nude in Profile, Frontal View, Arms Folded (with Necklace), c. 1911, Black crayon, 16 3/4 x 10 3/8 in
Amedeo Modigliani, Anna Akhmatova as Acrobat, c. 1911, Black crayon, 16 3/4 x 10 3/8 in
Amedeo Modigliani, Anna Akhmatova as Acrobat, c. 1911, Black crayon, 16 3/4 x 10 3/8 in
Amedeo Modigliani, Head in Left Profile with Chignon, 1910/ 1911, Black crayon, 16 3/4 x 10 3/8 in
Amedeo Modigliani, Head in Left Profile with Chignon, 1910/ 1911, Black crayon, 16 3/4 x 10 3/8 in
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