Amedeo Modigliani

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Self-portrait, done in 1919, shortly before his death.
Recumbent nude, 1917

Amedeo Modigliani (12 June 1884 - 24 January 1920) was an Italian painter and sculptor. Modigliani was born in Livorno. He spent his youth in Italy. From 1906, he was active in Paris, where he met other painters, such as Pablo Picasso and Constantin Brâncuși. Modigliani died from meningitis in Paris, at the age of 35. Today, he is mostly known for his artistic nudes, which were seen as scandalous at the time.