On this day in 1884, Italian modernist Amadeo Modigliani was born in Livorno, Italy. One of the major artists of his generation, Modigliani is known for his psychological interpretations sitters and his distinctive elongations of their faces and forms. 

Trained in Italy, Modigliani moved to Paris in 1906 at age 22, then the center of the avant-garde art world. He died fourteen years later of tubercular meningitis at the age of 35.

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