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Italian painter and sculptor, who was concerned with graceful, simplified, and sympathetic portrayal of the human figure. Modigliani was born in Livorno and raised in a Jewish ghetto, where he suffered serious illnesses as a boy. He studied art in Florence and in 1906 moved to Paris, where he became acquainted with Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, and other avant-garde artists living there.



In the winter of 1906 he moved to Paris. During his early years in Paris, Modigliani turned to sculpture, carving totem-like figures in stone that owed a debt to his mentor Constantin Brancusi as well as to African masks and Greek Archaic figures.













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