Bust representation of Jeanne Hébuterne with a large hat, 1918. Jeanne Hébuterne (6 April 1898 – 25 January 1920) was a French artist and best known as the frequent subject and common-law wife of the artist Amedeo Modigliani.
Amedeo Clemente Modigliani (1884-1920) was an Italian Jewish painter and sculptor who worked mainly in France (educated in Florence and Venice), and established himself in the famous Montmartre area of Paris where his talent was immediately recognized by the East European avant-garde. He is well known for his portraits and nudes characterized by the elongation of faces and figures. He had to give up sculpting in 1915 due to ill health. He had a short and eventful life, he was extremely driven and longed for recognition. But his life was also marked by alcoholism, metaphysical fears and progressive tuberculosis. At the age of 36, Modigliani died and left the world an art work that shows a sincere, obsessive search for truth and purity within art.