Amadeo Modigliani Skateboard Polyptych – Nu Couché (1917-1918)
Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) was an Italian painter and sculptor of Jewish heritage. His work and style can be immediately recognized because of his extraordinary interpretations of the human face, maintaining his individuality through his the typical elongation of shapes. His works were not received well during his lifetime but later found acceptance. Modigliani was born in the Tuscan town of Livorno and received his academic education in Florence and Venice. In 1906, he established himself in the famous Montmartre area in Paris, where his talent was instantly recognized by the East European avant-garde and came into contact with prominent artists such as Pablo Picasso and Constantin Brâncuși. Modigliani had a short and eventful artistic life and was extremely driven and longed for recognition. But his life was also marked by alcoholism, metaphysical fears, and progressive tuberculosis. He took to excessive drinking and drugs and was frequently in poverty. He died at age 35 in Paris of tubercular meningitis and left the world an oeuvre that shows a sincere, obsessive search for truth and purity in art.