Amedeo Modigliani was born
in Leghorn and raised in a Jewish ghetto, where he suffered serious illnesses
as a boy. He studied art in Florence and in 1906 moved to Paris, where
he became acquainted with Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, and other avant-garde
artists living there. In Paris, Modigliani led a reckless, dissipated
life that gradually took its toll on his health. His artistic gifts, however,
were never doubted by fellow artists. He was influenced by fauvism and
later by the work of his friend, the Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi.
He first produced sculpture inspired by African carvings, but eventually
Modigliani concentrated on painting.
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