The Uncannily Strange and Brief Life of Amedeo Modigliani
A scintillating account of the Italian painter's short, anarchic existence
The life of the painter Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) was chaotic and tragically brief. Consisting of a series of vignettes, mostly set in the painter's studio and peopled by his lover Jeanne Hébuterne (who ended her own life the day after Modigliani's death), the prostitutes who were his occasional models and several Bohemian visitors, the novel spans the last months of Modigliani's life, evoking the strange workings of the painter's troubled and often drug-fuelled mind and its expression in his paintings, ultimately succeeding in conveying something of the intense artistic life of Paris in the first decades of the twentieth century.
Translated by Celia Hawkesworth
Cover illustration by Amedeo Modigliani
Published 01 April 2011