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41 years old
AMEDEO MODIGLIANI was born on this day in 1884.

Modigliani and Picasso certainly knew each other well, having met when Modigliani first went to Paris in 1906 and lived in Le Bateau-Lavoir artistic community, where Picasso also had a studio. Both artists shared an interest in African art, which influenced their respective work. Picasso is reported to have once said that Modigliani was the only man who knew how to dress and he tried to help him get a dealer. But it appears they drifted apart. From what one knows, it seems that after a while Picasso found him a bit tedious, with all the drinking and the drugs. He didn't approve of his lifestyle very much.
Modigliani was not part of Picasso's inner circle. Picasso, who affected a workingman's look with his patched clothes and fisherman's sweaters, seems to have admired Modigliani's wardrobe more than his paintings; needing canvas, he once painted over a Modigliani work he had acquired. Modigliani, for his part, recognized the Spaniard's genius but told a friend that artistic talent was no excuse for not dressing decently.

Jean Cocteau`s photo: Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso and Andre Salmon (1916). Modigliani is standing on the left beside Picasso, whose portrait he had painted the year before. On the right is Andre Salmon, who would later write the novel "Montmartre - Montparnasse. The Life of Amedeo Modigliani."
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