returned to painting in 1915, specializing in
portraits of his lovers and friends. These are
delicate in execution, the forms and color simple,
and typically the sitter is sad or non-expressive.
A series of large nudes are particularly erotic.
Typically the figure is outlined describing
an elongated torso sensuously modeled with imperceptible
gradations of flesh tones. They were so highly
charged that the 1917 exhibition in Paris was
closed because the paintings were considered
obscene. The fourteen years he spent in Paris
were productive, but Modigliani died at the
age of 36 from tuberculosis and the ravages
of an excessive lifestyle.