Amedeo Modigliani (1884 - 1920) was a prolific Italian expressionist painter who worked mostly in France. Modigliani's legacy is a body of work that modernised figurative painting.
Modigliani's famed figurative nudes were often characterised by their elongated bodies and dramatic almond eyes, his subjects are distinctively 'Modigliani', his formal works were unlike any other of his time that it still defies classification - each individualised and telling a different story about his life and art. Modigliani would sketch furiously, sometimes drawing over 100 sketches a day, focusing on his favored subject the human form.
Modigliani became the epitome of the tragic artist, creating a posthumous legend almost as well known as that of Vincent van Gogh. Due to a long turbercular meningitis diagnosis and alcohol affliction, which would ultimately end with his untimely death at 35 years old.