He threw off his middle-class propriety, and with his good looks and enormous talent, became the shambolic toast of Paris. Before long, he succumbed to addiction and, eventually, to tuberculosis, dying destitute and a failure at the age of 35. His pregnant lover, the beautiful poet Jeanne Hébuterne, leapt from a window to her death the next day.
It is a testament to the power of his talent that when people think of Modligiani, they think of his art before his desolate story. We know it instantly. Sultry, expressionistic works, populated by nudes and elongated figures with blank, unknowable eyes. His paintings are ripe with Egyptian, Greek, Roman, African, Asian and early Renaissance influences - and now sell for ridiculous sums. Last year, his 1917 Reclining Nude sold for a record-breaking $170m (£113m).
This November, Tate Modern will stage the most comprehensive Modigliani exhibition ever held in the UK, bringing together a wide range of portraits, sculptures and the largest group of nudes to be shown in this country.
It's one for the diaries as booking for the Modigliani exhibition is now open.
|What||Modigliani: Tate Modern Exhibition|
Bankside, London, SE1 9TG | MAP
|Nearest tube||Southwark (underground)|
22 Nov 17 – 02 Apr 18, 10.00–18.00, Sunday – Thursday, 10.00–22.00, Friday – Saturday
|Price||£16, without donation £14.50) Concession £14.00 (without donation £12.70)|
|Website||Click here for more information|