|Amadeo Modigliani died of tuberculosis on January 24th, 1920 in Paris at
the age of 36. Even today his name and his artistic achievements are
a womaniser, wrecked by drugs and alcohol, the incarnation of the Montparnasse bohemian who died at an early age. The subjects of his works and the language of his painting are highly restricted. He concentrated on women's faces and nudes as well as portraits in the wider sense. In all his work there are only four landscape paintings known today. Despite his friendship with the sculptor Brancusi, who deeply influenced his malleable works, Modigliani remained a loner, whose paintings revealed a strong affinity to the Classic style, despite all their modernity.
The fascination of his works may be a result of the clear contradiction between an unrestrained lust for life and pleasure on the one hand and the melancholy and tragic circumstances of his existence on the other. The tragedy was amplified by the suicide of his pregnant girlfriend Jeanne Hébuterne the day after his death.