Amedeo Modigliani

Modigliani, a fragment of a self-portrait (1918) < / span>
lived all his life in poverty and insecurity artist could hardly imagine that in the future his paintings will be worth a fortune. One of the paintings of Modigliani's "Boy in blue jacket" was sold at Sotheby's in 2004 for $ 11.2 million.

Amedeo Modigliani was born on July 12 1884 in Livorno (Italy). By Amedeo mother came from a wealthy Spanish-Jewish family. By the time of the birth of Amedeo, his family made a living selling charcoal and firewood that did not bring them more revenue.

Even in his youth the young artist realized his destiny. In 1898, Modigliani started attending in Livorno private art studio. He is making great progress. In the spring of 1902 Modigliani enters the free schools of painting nudes in Florence, where he studied under Giovanni Fattori. During this period he began to study with interest the Renaissance art.

Jewess (1908) In 1906, Amedeo Modigliani leaves his beloved Italy and moved to Paris. There, he lives in a tiny studio in Montmartre, often visits the cafe "Rotonda", which was a famous meeting place for creative bohemian Paris. Here Modigliani became friends with many creative people, it becomes another poet Jean Cocteau.

In 1907 Amadeo started painting by Paul Cezanne and Pablo Picasso. In his works 1908-1909 period — "Jewess", "The Cellist" — shows the influence of the great masters. In addition Modigliani sculpture engaged, participating in exhibitions, but his work did not enjoy much success.

In 1914 Amadeo meets a gallery owner Leopold Zborowski, who was one of the first razglyadevshy artistic talent. Subsequently, Zborowski was selling works by Modigliani.

"The boy in the blue jacket" (1918) In 1917, the artist married to a charming Jeanne Hebuterne, which a year later gave birth to a daughter. His wife was the primary model of Modigliani. The artist was happily married, but his health, which was never strong, is now even more worse.

His only exhibition was held in 1917 in Paris, but did not have much success. The police commissioner demanded the closure of the exhibition saw in the window gallery Modigliani painting "Big Nude".

Winter 1920 Modigliani is worsening tuberculosis and its place in the Charit? hospital for the poor and homeless.

on January 24 in 1920 a talented artist Amedeo Modigliani dies. His pregnant wife, unable to bear the separation from her husband committed suicide.