Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920). Modigliani's work is recognised immediately by many people because of the typical elongated shapes. His paintings show his passion for sculpting, a craft which he had to give up in 1915 due to ill health. He was born in the Tuscan town of Livorno and received his academic education in Florence and Venice. In 1906 he established himself in the famous Montmartre area in Paris, where his talent was instantly recognised by the East European avant-garde.. At the age of forty, Modigliani left the world an oeuvre that shows a sincere, obsessive search for truth and purity within art.